Robinson breaks 40-year-old Whittell record in 800 |

Robinson breaks 40-year-old Whittell record in 800

Whittell High junior John Robinson broke a long-standing school track and field record on Saturday in Sparks.

Robinson shattered a 40-year-old mark in the 800 meters, completing the race with a time of 1 minute, 58.80 seconds for third place at the Reed Invitational. The old school record was 2:03.04.

“John is one of the hardest-working kids on the team, and today it paid off,” said Whittell coach Martin Crawford. “He will only continue to improve. We expect this will not be the last of records John Robinson will set in his career at George Whittell.

Robinson also helped Whittell’s 4×400-meter relay team to a sixth-place result in 3:41.5. The team also included Kyler Felton, Jenner Felton and Blake Heldt-Werle, The quartet is 6 seconds off the school record.

Also for the Warriors, Kyler Felton finished sixth in the long jump at 20-6; Shannon Marshall placed runner-up in the high jump at 5-0, sixth in the 300 hurdles (50.78) and 10th in the 100 hurdles; and Isabel Concha-Foley took eighth in the discus with a throw of 97-2.

“Our team is performing at a high level. With five meets and halfway through the regular season, we are ahead of where we expected to be,” Crawford said. “We still have a ways to go, but our goal of both girls’ and boys’ state championships is attainable.”

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