April 2024, Sports

Saint Augustine’s Track and Field Program Maintains Tradition of Excellence

Saint Augustine’s University’s track and field program has a rich tradition of excellence, boasting an impressive 39 national championships and producing over 40 Olympians. The program’s legacy continues to inspire its current athletes, who strive to uphold the high standards set by their predecessors.

One of the program’s rising stars is Terrell Robinson, a talented sprinter who has already made his mark on the school’s history. Robinson is the reigning national champion in the NCAA Division II 60-meter dash, securing the title with a time of 6.61 seconds. This personal best also ranks as the eighth fastest time in NCAA Division II history.

Robinson’s passion for track and field began in seventh grade, and although he had other collegiate options, he chose Saint Augustine’s for the chance to be coached by Bershawn Jackson and to be part of the program’s storied history. “Having that legacy and these letters on my back is important,” Robinson said, expressing his pride in representing the university.

Despite Robinson’s achievements, he and his teammates face challenges due to the university’s ongoing financial struggles. Unlike self-sustaining Division I programs, most Division II teams rely on funding from the university, which can be impacted by budget constraints.

Robinson remains hopeful for the future, aiming to join the program’s distinguished list of Olympians this summer. His dedication to his sport and his school exemplifies the resilience and determination of the athletes at Saint Augustine’s.

The support of the community will be crucial in helping the track and field program overcome financial hurdles and maintain its reputation as a powerhouse. With talented athletes and dedicated coaches, the program’s legacy is set to endure for years to come.

— Bryan Monroe