Former West Orange High athlete Russell Robinson qualifies for USA track and field Olympic team

The current University of Miami athlete is the reigning men's triple jump national champion, and with his second-place finish at the Olympic trials, he's qualified for the Paris Olympics.

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Russell Robinson, a West Orange High track-and-field and football star, finished second in the men's triple jump at the USA track and field team's Olympic trails in Eugene, Oregon.

University of Miami Athletics | Courtesy photo

The second-place finish was enough to earn the FHSAA Class 4A 2018 long jump and 2019 triple jump state champion a spot on Team USA for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games in the triple jump.

Robinson earned one of three spots on the Paris-bound team after recording a jump of 17.01 meters (55 feet, 9.75 inches) at the trials on June 30.

At West Orange, the two-sport athlete finished his high school career with four school records — the 110-meter hurdles record (14.7s), the 300-meter hurdles record (38.9s), the long jump record (7.47m), and the triple jump record (14.65m) — two individual state titles and multiple regional and district championships, before deciding to walk-on to the University of Miami track-and-field team. 

Robinson chose to head south and become a Hurricane, instead of join rivals Florida State; the Seminoles also offered him a walk-on spot on their roster. 

The former Warrior turned Cane is now a rising senior at Miami and has established himself as a force in the triple jump for The U. 

Not only is Robinson the first Miami track-and-field athlete to represent Team USA at the Summer Olympics in over 10 years, but he is also the reigning NCAA indoor triple jump national champion — the school's 18th individual national champion — an All-ACC academic team member, Miami's record-holder in the outdoor triple jump (17.13 meters), and is a four-time All-American in the triple jump and long jump. 


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