Freshman runner impresses teammates, coache
Freshman Krista Robinson has already made waves for the cross country team by winning the very first meet for the Grizzlies, the Sodexo Grizzly Invitational.
But for Robinson, competing is all second nature for her.
“Cross country is in my blood,” she said. “I like the kind of head to head competition.”
She had success during her high school career at Greenwood High School, winning sectionals and regionals before coming up short in the semi-state championship. She finished two spots away from a state championship bid.
Despite her early success in college, Robinson has already had to overcome a setback. At the second competition of the season, she got injured when she locked feet with another runner during the race.
She said it was disappointing, but her focus is already on the next meet.
One of her focuses is on being a good teammate. She said she tries to inspire her teammates by keeping races and practices positive and tries not to let negativity affect her.
“When others say, ‘I can’t continue this race,’ I tell them that it is possible,” Robinson said. “You can do it.”
Robinson’s teammates are taking notice of her drive.
“Success carries over throughout the whole team, so everybody sees her have success and they want to be up there with her,” sophomore Clayton Brumfield said.
He said the entire freshman class is invigorating the cross country team.
“We’ve got some pretty good freshman girls this year,” Brumfield said. “That’s different because we didn’t have depth last year, and [Robinson] is at the front of the girls’ team. It’s different just having a freshman leading the team.”
Brandon Dworak, head cross country coach, said he thinks the young runner brings a lot to the table.
“She is our front runner right now, the number one runner,” Dworak said. “She is our leader. It is tough coming in as a freshman, kind of embracing that role, but she has super good work ethics, and I think that rubs off on her teammates.”
Competing and winning races is important to Robinson. However, she said her studies come first and competing comes second.
Robinson has high hopes for her college career. She wants to be on top in her academics, and she hopes to win many more races in NCAA competition.