RTD: Girls Scholar-Athlete of the month: St. Catherine’s Charlotte Robinson

Charlotte Robinson
School: St. Catherine’s
Year: Senior GPA: 4.37
Athletic accomplishments: Was co-MVP with teammate Hampton Turton in the VISAA state indoor track and field meet after winning the 300-meter dash (42.37), the long jump (16-11) and triple jump (34 feet). She was fourth in the 55-meter dash and anchored the second-place 4x200-meter relay as St. Catherine’s won the title.
Academic accomplishments: Has achieved her GPA while taking nine AP and 11 honors courses.
Extracurricular: Is a member of the Film and Science clubs.
College: She is headed to William & Mary, where she will run track.
Potential major: Biology. “I want to be a physician’s assistant, so it’s a good way ... to get a head start. I like the human anatomy and medical stuff, and I thought it would be cool to work in a hospital with people.”
Future goal: “I’d like to go to the Olympics, either watching or competing. I think that would be neat.”
Late start: Robinson played soccer on and off from the time she was 7 through her freshman year. She switched to track in 10th grade. “It was kind of random and I just stuck with it. … I mainly joined because my friend [Cameron Tierney] was doing it, and I was like, ‘I’ll do it with you.’ Then I was like, ‘Oh wow.’ I just loved it immediately.”
On why she gravitated to jumps and sprints: “I liked jumping. I couldn’t run for a long [distance]. I just have a burst of energy and I’m done, so I didn’t think long distance would work. So sprinting and long jump were a good fit.”
On her progression: “It’s been interesting. I just really trained a lot. My coach [Derrhyl Duncan] helped me a lot. I just found a good rhythm. We fixed my form a lot. That really helps. The way I ran before was all over the place. I used to kind of almost fall over when I ran. I got better core strength and I use my arms more, so I’m more centered.”
Training routine: “I usually do all the jumping twice a week. I’ll just sprint the whole week. I usually do my jumps before I sprint. It’s like a good warmup to get ready to do a workout.”
Working to improve: “My endurance. Staying more relaxed, using my arms. Maintaining my top-end speed.”
Describes herself as: “Funny, chill, tough.”
Dogged pursuit: Along with her brother, she’s a dog-sitter.
Tip for managing a busy schedule: “Definitely getting sleep. I feel like sleep is the main one because I just function a lot better and I’m a lot nicer when I get sleep.”
First job she wanted growing up: “I wanted to be a Navy SEAL.”
Best sports memory: “Last year during outdoor [season] my teammate Chelsea Brown was running a 4x400, and one or her spikes flew clean off. We all cheered her on. She didn’t even look back. She just continued running, and she smoked everybody else even with one shoe. I thought that was really cool.”
Best piece of advice: “Don’t run to PR [personal record]. Run to win. The PRs will come.” From Duncan, her coach.
People she admires: “My mom [Stephanie]. She’s really tough, supportive and caring. She’s really smart and works hard at everything she does. And my coach [Duncan]. He’s also caring, tough. He helps everyone.”
Favorite class: Psychology.
Favorite food: Rice. “I eat it every day.”
Fun fact: “I named my car Kennon. I’m not sure [why]. It just kind of came to me.”
Hidden talent: “Making myself laugh.”
Hobby: She likes to cook.
Toughest opponent: “Probably my alarm clock.”
 
— Tim Pearrell
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