Boys track: LC’s Gelen Robinson sets regional record; Chesterton wins team title
By Mike Hutton 613-0141 or email@example.com May 24, 2013 9:54PM
Lake Central's Gelen Robinson competes in the shot put during the boys track regional at Valparaiso High School Friday evening. | Jeffrey D. Nicholls~Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 26, 2013 6:18AM
VALPARAISO — Gelen Robinson is finally hitting his track groove.
After winning the state wrestling title in the 220 pound weight class, after being named the Post-Tribune’s defensive player of the year in football, after being named the P-T’s wrestler of the year, Robinson could easily take it easy. Hang low, maybe take a nap and hibernate for the spring.
But his appetite for competition is ravenous.
On Friday, at the Valparaiso Regional, Robinson got to cross off one more item off the to-do list.
He threw the discus 200 feet, 4 inches. That broke the old regional record of 195-00 set by Adam Vrabel of Andrean in 1997.
Robinson doubled up on his first-place trophies when he won the shot put with a throw of 56-01. Chesterton won the team title with 63 points. Crown Point was second with 62.
Of course, the goal for next week for Robinson is to win a state title in the discus. Last year, he finished third in the discus and seventh in the shot put.
Robinson was pretty business-like about his throw.
“One of my goals to was to get to 200 feet,” he said. “Now, I’d like to build on that.”
Robinson said his improvement in track has been slowed by his brother, Glenn’s, success in the NCAA Tournament (Michigan made it to the title game) and the bad weather. He followed his brother all during the postseason.
“That took away some of my time,” he said.
Robinson said he knew right away that he had a good throw when he set the record.
“I was real excited about it,” he said. “Words can’t describe it.”
Robinson said his throw in the shot put wasn’t quite what he wanted but he’s still happy.
“I worked hard on it this week,” he said. “I was hoping to go further. At least I won. I think I can do better next week.”
Anthony Didion of LaPorte also wants to do better next week. But he’ll savor his two winning races for a while.
Didion won the 800 and 1600 meter runs.
His victory in the 800, his second race of the night, was pretty special as he weaved his way through a crowd of people to break out of the pack in the last 200 yards and sprint to victory.
Didion said his only thought going into the final stretch was to keep going.
“Don’t die,” he joked. “Honestly, I was boxed in the entire race and I just didn’t want to slow down.”
He didn’t, finishing with a time of 1:58.19.
Didion was overjoyed at picking up two first place trophies.
“I’m just so happy that I was able to pull it off,” he said. “In all reality, I was hopeful I could get the 1,600 and I wanted to just get out in the 800.”
The final double winner was Marsalis Gibson of Bowman. He won the 110 high hurdles and the 300 intermediate hurdles.
Last year, Gibson finished third in the 110 and second in the 300. Last year, Gibson didn’t do well at state.
“I’m really looking to do something very different this year,” he said of state next week.
Chesterton coach TR Harlan said he wasn’t necessarily surprised his team won.
“I said at the beginning of the year we were a big meet team,” he said.