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Sports Spotlight - West Orange Times & Observer: Russell Robinson

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West Orange High junior Russell Robinson won the FHSAA Class 4 State Championship in the long jump May 4.
by: Steven Ryzewski Senior Sports Editor

Russell Robinson, a junior for the West Orange High track team, won an individual state championship in the long jump May 4 at the FHSAA Track & Field State Championships. Robinson’s jump of 23 feet, 3.5 inches was more than enough to win gold in Class 4A. Robinson is a two-sport standout for West Orange, also competing for the Warriors football team, as well as performing several other events for the track team.

 

What was the experience of competing at the FHSAA Track & Field Championships in Jacksonville like?

It was a nice experience — I was a little nervous. It was just cool being up there and watching everyone run, experiencing state for the first time. … It’s exciting to have another chance next year to go and do the same thing.

 

What’s your routine before each meet?

I listen to music a little bit before and when I’m warming up. I’m not thinking about jumping for a P.R. (personal record) or anything — I’m just thinking about getting a jump in and performing well.

 

Has there been a coach who’s had a particularly large impact on you?

My coach, Patrecia Daniley. She’s really good.

 

Who is a track-and-field athlete you admire?

I look up to Grant Holloway, a runner for (the University of) Florida Gators. He’s good at the hurdles and does the long jump just like me. He played football in high school and chose track for college.

 

What was your favorite class this past school year?

I’d say wood shop, taught by Mr. (Rudy) Zubricky. I like building projects and doing stuff on my own … just being free (to create) in the class.

 

What do you think you might like to study in college?

I haven’t really thought about that yet, but the choices are civil engineering or sports medicine — something around that area.

 

What are your favorite professional and collegiate football teams?

My pro team is the Washington Redskins, and my favorite collegiate team is the Georgia Bulldogs.

 

What’s your go-to meal after football or track practice?

Some pasta or some chicken or something — fried chicken. 

 

What are you looking forward to the most about this summer?

Running track, playing football and getting bigger and faster. I’m going to run for Florida Elite this summer.

 

Have you seen any good movies lately?

“Avengers: Infinity War” — I liked the way they brought all the characters together out of all the different movies.

 

If you had to hang out with one of the heroes from that movie for a day, who would you choose?

Probably Iron Man, Tony Stark, because of all the cool technology he has and everything.

Steven Ryzewski is the Senior Sports Editor for ObserverPreps.com, as well as all three of Observer Media Group's print publications in Orange County. He is a graduate of the University of Central Florida....

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