Robinson ready to keep throwing
Keuntrai Robinson fist-bumps his Clinton High boys track teammates as they join him and his family for a photo Monday on the CHS auditorium stage. Robinson signed a National Letter of Intent to participate in track and field at Southern Wesleyan University.
"I'm undefeated in the region this season," Robinson said, matter-of-factly, not in a boasting way. The soft-spoken "gentle giant" on the Red Devil track team, Robinson can be vocal when he needs to be - that's why he's a team captain. He has participated in Clinton High track since the 9th grade.
Originally, participating in a youth track program through his church, Hebron Baptist, Robinson was a sprinter. He took some time off from track - and grew. Now over 6 feet tall, Robinson is the Red Devils top discus and shot put performer. His best put is 46 feet. His best discus throw is 136 feet. Robinson will have the chance to show off his skills Thursday as Clinton hosts the County Championship against Laurens, 5 pm at the CHS track (adjacent to Springdale Drive).
After that, there's the Region Meet - April 26-27 at Broome High School in Spartanburg - then Upper State Qualifying for the State Meet. After his high school career ends, Robinson will transition into summer AAU competition and then on to Southern Wesleyan in Central (near Clemson).
There, he will face a new challenge. "I have never thrown a javelin," Robinson said. He has thrown the hammer, in AAU competition, so in college the shot put, discus, hammer and javelin will be the field devices on which he will compete for a spot on the SWU team. Robinson said AAU track and field has given him great experience and stepped up competition against throwers from throughout the country. "I have made some good friends," he said.
Robinson said he wants to study math education and someday be a math teacher, perhaps in high school. He is the 8th Clinton High student-athlete to sign National Letters of Intent for college athletics this academic year.