Joined by her family, friends and several coaches from her past to her present, El Cerrito High track star Kaylah Robinson signed a National Letter of Intent to attend the University of Oregon on Wednesday.
During a morning ceremony at her high school’s library, Robinson revealed she has picked the Oregon Ducks over the University of Kentucky and Texas A&M University.
“[Oregon has a] great track program for one,” Robinson said of her decision. “And it’s close to home; a real California vibe. I like that.”
The decision wasn’t easy, Robinson says. She’s just glad the long process is over.
“There’s going to be a lot of change, but I’m ready for change and improvement,” Robinson said. “I’m just ready to go to college and do things.”
The Ducks’ high-powered track-and-field team must be feeling rather fortunate right now. Robinson, who has been running since age 7, has proven to be a bonafide star. She was twice champion in the last two iterations of the prestigious Stanford Invitational (100-meter hurdles, 100 meter dash). She was also the 2016 California State Meet runner-up in the 100-meter hurdles, and a New Balance All American in 2015 and also this year, among other accolades.
Robinson has been a gifted runner from the get-go. She began competing at age 8 with the Richmond Half Steppers, where in her first year she earned a gold medal at a Northern California championship for her age group.
On her college signing day Wednesday, Robinson was joined by her family as well as coaches from her past to present, including Richmond Half Steppers Coaches Eric Avery and Johnny Holmes, along with El Cerrito High Coach Sean Gwi and David Robinson, who is Kaylah’s dad, onetime coach and constant supporter.
All of her coaches agree that aside from her physical ability, it’s Kaylah’s humble drive to be better that has led to her great achievements.
“She was always a hard worker and willing to do whatever, so it doesn’t surprise me that she’s succeeding,” Coach Avery said. “Success was in her DNA.”
Coach Gwi said that drive and focus continues today. He says she now needs to take a step back, enjoy her success and strive to continue to improve.
“She’s always been very serious, very focused on what she needs to do,” the Gauchos coach said. “I think the main thing now for her is to really enjoy her improvement.”