St. C.’s Robinson earns all-American status
It’s a trip to New York City that St. Clairsville’s Alyssa Robinson won’t ever forget.
The Lady Red Devils’ track and field standout made the some eight-hour trek to the Bronx to take part in the New Balance Indoor National Championship Saturday.
She’s returning to the Ohio Valley as an all-American.
Robinson finished fifth in the shot put with an impressive mark of 44-ft-4 in a field that included 26 of the best throwers in America.
“I would definitely give this trip a nine or a 10,” Robinson said during a phone interview. “I am never going to forget this.”
The Penn State University signee found herself sitting in sixth place after the preliminary round with a best mark of 43-ft-3. She then posted her top mark and moved up a place.
“I am not used to throwing against this kind of competition,” Robinson said. “Obviously, heading into college next year, I really need to start getting used to it. It was kind of over-whelming and I really felt rushed. I was nervous before the meet. It was pretty bad, actually because of the level of competition. I am just not used to throwing against girls who are consistently in the high 40s to 50-feet range. But, that made me push myself that much harder.”
Robinson headed to the ‘Big Apple’ with the hopes of being in the top six and landing a personal-record mark. Though she came up short on the latter, she’ll certainly take the former.
“I am very satisfied,” Robinson said. “I am not real happy with my mark, but to be an all-American is a huge honor.”
Upon her return from NYC, Robinson will begin outdoor practice as she begins her quest for a second consecutive Ohio Division II State Championship.
Prior to starting the outdoor season, Robinson has more indoor track business to tend to. She’ll compete for an indoor state title this coming weekend in Akron.
“I am excited for the indoor state meet,” Robinson said. “I feel like it’ll be less stressful.”
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