In pur­suit of ex­cel­lence

Katie Robin­son has al­most a life­time of run­ning to her credit

Annapolis Valley Register - - SPORTS - BY SARA BAX­TER SPE­CIAL TO THE REG­IS­TER

Katie Robin­son spent one fi­nal fall run­ning as an Ax­e­woman dur­ing her last year of study. And she will never for­get it.

Her jour­ney to this point has been in­ter­est­ing as well. From Saint John, N.B. Ro­bi­son has been run­ning cross-coun­try since the third grade.

“My mom was into run­ning as well. And that kind of got me in­trigued,” said Robin­son of why she first started run­ning.

She spent her first three years of univer­sity study­ing in Saint John at the Univer­sity of New Brunswick be­fore trans­fer­ring to Aca­dia. The psy­chol­ogy stu­dent was look­ing for a change and fell in love with the com­mu­nity and cam­pus sur­round­ing Aca­dia.

Robin­son ex­plained she “lost fo­cus of run­ning in my third year at UNBSJ. I just didn’t want to race, and was happy to take the year off fol­low­ing that. The team at­mos­phere and sup­port­ive com­mu­nity at Aca­dia is what made me fall back in love with run­ning.”

Even though Robin­son had to sit out the sea­son af­ter trans­fer­ring from UNBSJ to Aca­dia, she says the team re­ally kept her go­ing. She did not train with the Ax­e­women dur­ing that first year at Aca­dia, but she hit the ground run­ning with them the next fall.

“Train­ing wise, the team def­i­nitely tries to work as a group and push each other. When we work as a group it takes out that com­pet­i­tive­ness,” she said.

This men­tal­ity has helped the Ax­e­woman suc­ceed and over­come chal­lenges that come with cross-coun­try be­ing both an in­di­vid­ual and team sport.

Hav­ing just fin­ished her sec­ond-year rac­ing for Aca­dia, Robin­son is com­ing off an out­stand­ing sea­son. She cap­tured a third­place over-all fin­ish and a third-place team fin­ish at the AUS Cham­pi­onships, and she also rep­re­sented

Cham­pi­onships.

Robin­son said medalling at AUS cham­pi­onships was a high­light this sea­son.

“I al­ways wanted to, but never re­ally re­al­ized it was an op­tion, es­pe­cially this year since the field was re­ally strong,” she ex­plained.

Robin­son said she “had no ex­pec­ta­tions, just ran for fun, and I think that helped me ex­cel.”

She also credits her coach Ralph Wil- Aca­dia at the US­port liams, and the cul­ture he has cre­ated on the Aca­dia cross-coun­try team. “Ralph is so en­thu­si­as­tic and he just wants us to do well and en­joy it more than we think we have to do it. You need to love what you’re do­ing, that’s the point of do­ing it,” said Robin­son.

She has fully em­braced that team cul­ture, and has even gone so far as to be the team rep­re­sen­ta­tive for the Ax­e­women Cross­Coun­try team on the Aca­dia Play­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion ath­lete coun­cil.

This was her last year of el­i­gi­bil­ity, but hav­ing com­peted at four US­ports na­tional cham­pi­onships through­out her time run­ning in univer­sity, Robin­son has had a ca­reer she should be proud of.

“I will def­i­nitely keep run­ning. I want to start do­ing some more half marathons,” said Robin­son of what comes af­ter Aca­dia.

She is hop­ing to study ed­u­ca­tion, and would like to get her masters in coun­selling.

For now, Robin­son is done run­ning for Aca­dia, but she’s de­bat­ing com­ing back to com­pete with track and field in the win­ter.

NICK PEARCE PHOTO

Katie Robin­son, leads this run­ning group.

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