CLINTON — It’s not quite the state meet in terms of importance, but this week is right up there for the Clinton boys track and field team.
Seniors Deshond Robinson and Nathan Harden were in top form Tuesday as they tuned up for the Drake Relays by helping the River Kings record a third-place finish in the Class A team race at the 94th annual Gateway Classic on the Kings’ Bill Holsclaw Track.
“It’s really big right now,” Robinson said after sweeping the sprint races and anchoring Clinton’s win in the 1,600-meter relay. “Doing good at Drake and doing the best I can to improve my times and everything and just being the best person I can be. Hopefully, I can drop more time later on at the end of the season.”
Robinson won the 100- and 400-meter dashes in succession. He and teammate Barrion Collins went 1-2 in the 100, with Robinson winning in 10.89 seconds, then minutes later, Robinson finished more than 2 seconds ahead of Muscatine’s Jon Centeno in winning the 400 in 49.37 seconds.
“I guess you could say I’m kind of feeling tired after the 1(00), then turning around and running the 4(00), but it’s just a 100-meter dash; it’s not a whole lap or anything like that,” Robinson said. “It’s a short race. And, I like the competition.”
Later in the meet, Robinson finished off the sprint triple by winning the 200 in 21.75, that time winning by more than a second. He put the finishing touches on a successful night by following Delante Chamberlain, Eric Maddasion and Quavon Jones in the 1,600 relay, which Clinton won in 3:25.80.
“I’m very happy with (the races),” Robinson said. “My two biggest races that are sticking out are the 400 and the four-by-4(00). I like running in those races, and they mean a lot and I’m pretty good at them.”