Aaniyah Robinson didn’t run faster than 12.56 in the 100 meters in high school, and she didn’t even run an open 100 at her college last year.
She never ran faster than 26.04 in high school in the 200 and her fastest 200 at American International in Springfield, Mass., last year was a 26.78 that earned her 18th place in her conference meet indoors.
Look at her now!
She’s a conference champion at both 100 meters and 200 meters, ranked 12th in NCAA Division 3 in the 100 and 29th in the 200 going into the NCAA Championships and anchor of one of the nation’s fastest 400-meter relay teams!!!
Robinson, a Rowan sophomore who grew up in Totowa and graduated in 2016 from Passaic County Tech in Wayne, had a tremendous NJAC meet this weekend, winning the 100 in a huge personal-best 12.06, also winning the 200 with a big PR of 25.12 and anchoring Rowan’s winning 400-meter relay team.
Robinson’s 100 PR before Sunday was a 12.45 from a meet last month at Moravian, and her 200 PR was a 25.62 from a meet last month at Widener.
Let’s take a look at her performance this weekend:
100-METER DASH: Robinson PR’d in the trials with a 12.26 into a 0.4 meters-per-second wind and then led a 1-2-3 Rowan sweep in the finals with a huge PR of 12.06. Sidney McLeod-Whitener, a Philly native who ran at Friends Central, placed second in 12.39 and Danielle Cross of Matawan third in 12.40. Robinson ran within 1-10th of a second of the Rowan school record of 11.96, set two years ago by Pemberton graduate Shailah Williams.
200-METER DASH: Robinson again led all qualifiers with a 25.73 in the trials and again led three Lady Profs into the finals, with a PR of 25.12. Myiah Sturdivant, a freshman out of Timber Creek, ran second in 25.17 and Cross was fifth in 25.65 for Rowan.
400-METER RELAY: Cross, Aspen McMillan of South Brunswick (who had won the high hurdles) and McLeod-Whitener ran the first three legs to set up Robinson’s anchor. Rowan’s 47.58 is No. 11 in NCAA Division 3 this year.
The Rowan women outscored Stockton by 29 1/3 points, winning the team title 242.83-213.50, with The College of New Jersey third at 207.33.
Rowan has won five of the last seven team titles, losing only to TCNJ in 2014 and Stockton last year.