One event, two fast races, an indoor and overall PR and an immensely rewarding trip to Boston for Sarah Robbie!
Robbie, a Rutgers junior, placed third in a loaded field Sunday at the IC4A Championships at Boston University with a time of 2:09.76, finishing just 1.05 seconds behind winner Nichelle Scott of Virginia Commonwealth, who ran 2:08.71.
It was a remarkable breakthrough weekend for the Cherokee High School graduate, who began her collegiate career at Towson.
Robbie came into the meet with an indoor PR of 2:10.34, which she ran at the Big 10 Championships in Geneva, Ohio. That broke both her indoor PR of 2:12.04 from last winter and her overall PR of 2:11.28, set last spring in the Larry Ellis Invitational at Princeton.
Robbie nearly surpassed her overall PR in the trials, when she ran 2:10.44 and won the third of four sections, earning an automatic berth in the finals.
The final was very close, with the first five runners – all juniors – all finishing within 1.2 seconds:
2:08.71 … *Nichelle Scott [VCU]
2:09.71 … *Zoe Matherne [Holy Cross]
2:09.76 … *Sarah Robbie [Rutgers]
2:09.86 … *Katie Foley [U. Conn]
2:09.90 … *Claire Peabody [Brown]
2:10.84 … *Mae Thompson [FDU]
2:11.07 … Jennaya Hield [Maryland Eastern Shore]
2:14.62 … *Kelly Gorman [Manhattan]
Robbie’s time is No. 5 in Rutgers indoor track history:
2:07.07 … Jennifer Heggie, NCAA Championships, Indianapolis, 1994
2:08.35 … Amonica Phipps, ECAC Championships, Boston, 2005
2:08.37 … Lori McCauley, Vitalis Invitational, East Rutherford, 1983
2:08.7h … Kathleen Tisdale, EAIAW, Boston, 1983
2:09.76 … Sarah Robbi, ECAC, Boston, 2017
Robbie’s time is also No. 7 all-time at Rutgers indoors or outdoors:
2:06.59 … Dominique Sanon, NCAA Regionals, Greensboro, N.C., 2006
2:07.07i … Jennifer Heggie, NCAA Championships, Indianapolis, 1994
2:07.46 … Amonica Phipps, ECAC, Princeton, 2005
2:08.37i … Lori McCauley, Vitalis Invitational, East Rutherford, 1983
2:08.7h,i … Kathleen Tisdale, EAIAW, Boston, 1983
2:08.98 … Krista Dunbar, unknown, 1994
2:09.76i … Sarah Robbie, ECAC, Boston, 2017
2:09.85 … Elizabeth Graham, ECAC, Princeton, 2000
Robbie was a high school teammate of St. Joe’s senior Courtney Foster, who won the 400 at the ECAC meet Sunday. That story is here: https://sjtrackblog.com/2017/03/05/cherokee-grad-courtney-foster-wins-ecac-400-shatters-school-record-becomes-first-st-joes-runner-to-win-ecac-title-in-31-years/
Robbie ran as fast as 2:19.64 at Cherokee, when she placed sixth at sectionals in 2013, her senior year. Her indoor PR was almost identical, a 2:19.66 when she took third at indoor sectionals.
She also ran the 400 intermediates a lot at Cherokee, taking third at outdoor sectionals as a senior and running as fast as 1:05.28.
Robbie and Foster both ran legs on Cherokee’s winning 1,600-meter relay team at the 2013 indoor Group 4 sectionals, teaming up with Kristen Visconti and Brittany King to run 4:02.23. She also ran on Cherokee’s school-record third-place 3:54.12 relay at Penn in 2013 with Foster, Visconti and King.