EDMOND — During the college recruiting process, Edmond Memorial sprinter Bryce Robinson was a little surprised when coaches started throwing around some big words.
“I was just happy that I was getting recruited,” Robinson said with a humble laugh. “It's crazy, because things like that were not even on my list of things I was thinking about.”
Robinson's progression from an at-risk 16-year-old to state track champion with a scholarship waiting for him at Tulsa — and after that, who know, maybe a shot at the Olympics — has been faster than anyone could imagine.
“Sometimes, I just think it's a dream,” he said. “But it's happening.”
No one knows what to expect in Robinson's future. When he joined the track team seven months ago, no one expected much of anything from him. And now he is being honored at The Oklahoman's Boys Track Athlete of the Year
He came into the season with an eighth-grader's understanding of how to compete in the sport. Stepping into the blocks was a confusing process at times, but he ate up every bit of information his coaches would offer him.
The result was four gold medals at the Class 6A state meet, setting a meet record in the 200 meters with a time of 21.02, just one-fourth of a second off the overall state record.
“He's a sponge,” Edmond Memorial coach Chris Lowrey said. “He wants to learn everything he can about technique and training and everything right now.”
That's a big reason why his potential is vastly unknown. He has only run in about a dozen outdoor track meets, and he posted some of the best times in the state. What could happen with year-round college training and teaching?
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