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A trip to Mississippi turned out to be more than B.J. Robinson expected last week.
While helping former Anderson County track coach Travis Gay in his move to the Biloxi area, Robinson learned that he had been named Class AAA first team all-state pole vaulter by the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches’ Association.
“We were on a basketball court and Coach Gay handed me a piece of paper. I didn’t even know they had all-state,” Robinson chuckled.
Robinson was one of only two Kentucky vaulters to clear 14-feet this year. He went out at that height at the state meet, finishing second with a vault of 13-06.
It was quite a finish to a career that started less than three years ago.
“Coach Gay was saying he wanted someone for the pole vault,” Robinson remembers. “I said, ‘I’ll try.’”
With that simple statement and an enormous work ethic, Robinson became one of the state’s best.
Records are sketchy, making it unclear if Robinson is the school’s first track all-stater. However, it is known that Robinson’s second-place state finish is the best for an Anderson trackster in over a decade.
An accomplished running back and defensive back on the football field, Robinson plans on competing in both sports in college. He has signed with Union College but says there is a chance he will go elsewhere.
“When Coach Gay told me about it, he just said, ‘Wow!’
“To me, it is (a major accomplishment. “I wanted to be all-state once in my life.”
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