Big crowds tend to give some people the jitters, but for sophomore high jumper, Jeron Robinson, it’s an adrenaline rush.
“I like to have a big crowd when I’m jumping,” Robinson said. “It just gets me really hyped up and motivated.”
Thanks to the big crowd watching him at a track meet in Birmingham, Ala. earlier this month, Robinson placed first at the NCAA Division II National Championship.
In spite of the fact he had already won first place, Robinson tested his limits and literally raised the bar.
“I actually won the first place spot after I jumped 7-feet, 3 -inches,” began Robinson. “After I knew I had already won, I wanted to see how much higher I could go and I ended up getting at 7-feet, 4 ¼-inches.”
A whole one and a quarter inch led him to set a new school indoor record and to the best jump of his career.
“I’m very proud of winning the NCAA Championship,” Robinson said. “I feel like I’ve been working hard and I finally got where I wanted to be.”
The youngest of three boys, Robinson also found himself at the level of his older brother, Jeffery, also a high jumper at the University of Iowa.
“He also hit
7-feet, 4 ¼-inches during his career,” said Robinson.
A sociology major born and raised in Houston, Robinson was more interested in his running abilities back when he first started track in 2001.
He didn’t set his eyes on the bar until his freshman year in high school.
“My coach put me in that event and it stayed with me,” said Robinson. “It turns out I became a lot better than I thought it was going to be.”
Robinson was interested in attending TAMUK for its athletic program, specifically football and track.
“I really wanted to get involved with playing football, but I just ended up sticking to track,” said Robinson.
When Robinson first joined the Javelina track and field team, fellow high jumper, Trent Hesseltine, a graduate student studying industrial engineering, was impressed with his abilities.
“I first watched him jump during my senior at state,” said Hesseltine.
“I didn’t know him that well at first, but after a few weeks on the team, I grew to like the guy. He has great potential as a high jumper because of his competitive drive.”
Robinson’s drive to win not only comes from competing, but also from music.
“Music is a big part of my warming up and gives me motivation before I perform,” said Robinson.
A music lover of all sorts, Robinson prefers listening to R&B and Hip Hop genres for inspiration.
“I like to listen artists like Z-Ro and T.I. because they both have real good music and there are also stories behind it,” he said.
Robinson’s success has not only given him a championship title, but it has also brought him closer to his goal of jumping 7-feet, 5-inches.
“I’m going for 7-feet, 5-inches before the year is over and I’m working extra hard in the weight room to reach that height,” said Robinson. “I believe nothing is stopping me and after I get there, I will continue going higher.”
A high jumper who someday dreams of making it to the Olympics, Robinson sees nothing but athleticism in his future. With a degree in sociology and his skills in track, Robinson hopes to apply his hard work into becoming a coach counselor.
With many more meets to come this season, Hesseltine advises that his teammate stay healthy.
“Jeron is the best high jumper we have and in the nation for division II,” said Hasseltine. “If he stays healthy, I don’t see why he can’t win himself eight national rings in a row.”
Robinson has brought much success to his career and his teammates as he continues to strive in being the best.
“I want to thank everyone that has helped me this year,” said Robinson.
“It’s been along time coming and now I can finally show everyone what I can do.”