Clifford Robinson ran well, ran better than he expected and kept on running until Wichita State University could slow him down just enough for him to take a moment to say he would continue his track career as a Shocker.
Earlier this week, Robinson, a senior at Leavenworth High School, signed his National Letter of Intent to run for the Shockers’ program, beginning next fall in Wichita.
“When I went on my visit, I felt at home and I felt it was more family-oriented,” Robinson said. “When I went to the indoor meet, people who knew I was getting recruited said, ‘You’d look great in black and gold,’ and congratulating me. It made me just feel at home.”
Robinson will get to spread his wings a bit away from his family’s nest, but not too far so that friends and loved ones can still make the trip to see him compete in track meets over the next four years.
“My family would be able to come watch me run and I am not terribly far away,” Robinson said. “I am only two-and-a-half hours, so I can come back on the weekends and say hi to my family and everything.”
Robinson wasn’t sure if we was going to be a college trickster until his sophomore year.
“It was after state,” he said. “I ended up getting third at state (in the 100 meters), even when I fell, I then realized I could be somebody.”
Robinson wants to study exercise science for pre-physical therapy so he can become a physical therapist.
“When I fractured my ankle my junior year, I just loved how into it they were and how they wanted me to get back to what I was,” Robinson said. “I want to help athletes. I love sports, so I want to be around sports.”