In a scorching 100-meter hurdles race at the 2017 CIF State Track & Field Championships last weekend, El Cerrito High senior Kaylah Robinson not only earned second place, she recorded the nation’s second fastest high school time this year.
Robinson, a Richmond native who recently signed her National Letter of Intent to join the University of Oregon track & field team next year, finished her latest 100-meter hurdles event in 12.98. That mark earned her second place behind Tara Davis of Agoura High and made her one of the few female high school athletes in the nation’s history to complete the race in under 13 seconds.
The national record of 12.84 was set by Tia Jones of Georgia in 2016. Davis’ winning time of 12.83 would be a new record if not for a plus-3.7 wind reading during the race, according to MileSplitUSA.
Robinson’s time of 12.98 is the fifth fastest in high school history, and also surpasses the U.S. Olympic Trials qualifying time of 13.00. These feats have understandably left her family, friends and the local community very proud.
The humble track star is known for her strong work ethic, with a former coach remarking that success is in her DNA.
“I want to give a great big shout out to her Coach Sean Gwi,” Kaylah’s mother Candice Littlefield said. “He is amazing and has been there training and developing Kaylah since she was 13 years old. If you are looking for a elite athletic speed development track coach, Sean is the man.”