By the time she graduates from Minnetonka High in the spring of 2019, Faith Robinson may own a number of school records and perhaps several state track and field titles.
Hard work during the off-season has always been one of the keys to Robinson’s success. She recently qualified for four events in the USA Track Federation’s Regional Championships in Illinois. Her ultimate goal is the make the USATF National Championships July 24-31 in Lawrence, Kansas.
Robinson won a state USATF title in the long jump with a best of 17 feet, 8 and 1/4 inches. She added a second place in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.54 seconds and was fourth in the 200-meter dash in 25.86. In her fourth event, the triple jump, she earned fourth place with a distance of 34 feet, 11 inches.
Robinson also did well in the State AAU Track and Field Meet with a first place in the 100 and second places in the triple jump and the long jump.
“I have been using the summer meets to work on my form,” she said. “I am always striving to get better. When my times drop and my distances improve, it’s a good feeling.”
While Robinson also excels in diving and gymnastics, she didn’t hesitate to say track and field is her No. 1 sport.
“Even though it is an individual sport, there is a team aspect to it,” she said. “I never feel I’m alone with my coaches and teammates helping me.”
Determination and her faith in God have played key roles in Robinson’s rise as a track star.
“In track and field, there’s no stopping, no quitting,” she said. “I want to give God all the glory for any success I’ve had. I wouldn’t be where I am without him. He has given me the determination I need.”
Robinson also draws strength from her teammates – both at Minnetonka High School and with her summer team, Minnesota Speed.
One of the greatest highlights of Robinson’s career was helping the Minnetonka girls win a state True Team championship this spring. Robinson enjoyed the fact that so many Skippers – not just the stars – were able to share the experience of winning in the True Team format.
In the Minnesota State High School League Meet, Minnetonka earned sixth place.
The highlight of that meet for Robinson was anchoring the Skippers’ 4×200-meter relay to a third-place finish. Joining her on the relay team were Clare Liedtke, Olivia O’Brien and Ashley Shields.
While her four best events are clearly the 100 and 200 dashes, the long jump and the triple jump, Robinson has it in the back of her mind that she’d like to make a run at pole-vaulting at some point in the future.
In addition to competing in three sports, this young Christian woman is a high achiever in the classroom with a 3.7 GPA. Given her ability and the fact she earns A’s and B’s in the classroom, she appears destined to earn a scholarship for collegiate track and field.
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