Winslow's Robinson best on track

Winslow Township's Torie Robinson won three Group 3 championships this year - the 100, 200, and 400 hurdles. She won the 100 at the Meet of Champions.
Winslow Township's Torie Robinson won three Group 3 championships this year - the 100, 200, and 400 hurdles. She won the 100 at the Meet of Champions. (DAVID M WARREN / Staff Photographer)
Posted: June 12, 2014

Sometimes, Torie Robinson checks her iPhone during practice.

It's not to see if she received any texts or notifications, or to check social media.

After the Winslow Township senior qualified for sectional and state meets, Robinson wrote down goals in a note on her phone and used them as motivation.

She still has a note she typed before this season's Meet of Champions. She wanted to finish the 100-meter dash between 11.65 and 11.7 seconds.

Robinson, The Inquirer's South Jersey girls' track and field athlete of the year, finished in 11.73 seconds. Her time was the best in the state and good enough to win the race, her second Meet of Champions title.

"Knowing that I had to reach a certain goal that I wanted to do, writing down the notes helped me get there," Robinson said. "I know that there are a lot of good people out here running, so I had to run a certain time to win the actual race. That's what I based it off of."

Last year, Robinson competed in just the 400-meter hurdles at the Meet of Champions. She wrote a note aiming for a 59.5 and won in 59.56. She picked only one individual event again this year, the 100. She could have competed in four.

"I wanted to try something new in my senior year," said Robinson, a Clemson recruit.

Winslow Township coach George Horne said Robinson wanted to make a statement. Last season, Columbia's Olivia Baker won the 100, 200, and 400. Baker did not end up running in the 100 this year, but Robinson wanted to defeat her to take claim as the fastest girl in New Jersey.

"We really like Olivia Baker, but we had to listen for a whole year about how Olivia Baker won the 100, the 200, the 400," Horne said. "Poor Torie, her and I both think she's a lot faster than Olivia Baker, but you have to listen how she did that.

"There's only one kid who's the fastest kid in the state. Right now, Torie is the fastest kid in the state."

The last line of her note for this year's Meet of Champions read, "Determination of my mind."

Robinson's determination led her to three Group 3 championships this year (100, 200, and 400 hurdles) after winning four last year (100, 200, 100 hurdles, and 400 hurdles).

"She had such success last year, it's like you don't know what to do," Horne said. "She wants to go head to head with everybody. She's very competitive."


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