Whittell’s Robinson wins Stanford Invitational race
John Robinson accomplished a Whittell High School first on Saturday by winning a Stanford Invitational cross country race in Palo Alto.
The Whittell senior won the Division V boys’ 5K race in 15 minutes, 48 seconds and enjoyed a near two-second victory margin.
“As hard as he’s worked the last 18 months, it meant a lot to him,” said Whittell coach Lindsay Wines. “I’m glad to see his smile because he’s been so serious so far.”
Wines said that Robinson’s time was the 26th-fastest time out of all divisions, and the second-best time for runners representing Nevada high schools. Robinson also topped Galena’s Bryan Jordan, who beat the Warriors at the outset of the season in the Nevada Twilight Race in Reno.
Robinson pulled ahead over the final 200 yards after being as far back as fifth place.
“He knows he has that kick,” Wines said. “He didn’t let anybody get far enough ahead of him. He ran a very smart race.”
The Warriors finished 15th as a team as first-year team member Tanner Sigel, a senior, showed some of his potential. Sigel finished 77th in 19:02.
“That was his best race of the season,” Wines said. “I think he’s broken through and knows what he can do now.”
Zach Welch was Whittell’s second-best finisher, placing 59th in 18:45, while brother Josh Welch took 90th in 19:14, Kyle Crawford placed 105th in 19:43, Avery Laub was 119th in 20:13 and Travis Hisken claimed 134th in 21:01.
Whittell will compete at Half Moon Bay on Saturday.