By Thomas Sellers Jr.
MEMPHIS — Entering Sectional week, Munford High School junior Caine Robinson had a checklist.
Before taking the track and field of Memphis Central High School, Robinson was focused on his goals of making Head Coach Benard Ivie proud, reach State in multiple events and outlast Tipton County rival Malcolm Terry.
For the past two years the Brighton product Terry has ruled West Tennessee in the Triple Jump. Terry has reached State in the Triple Jump, High Jump and Long Jump the last two seasons with medals in the Triple and Long.
And in this year’s Sectionals, Terry appeared to have the No. 1 spot locked up with an attempt more than 45 feet. But Robinson has one more shot at beating his longtime rival.
And on his final attempt of the day Robinson made Ivie proud, set a Munford school record and snatched up the top spot heading into this week’s Class 3A State Triple Jump for this Region.
Robinson nailed a jump of 45 feet, 4 and half inches.
“It felt amazing because I’ve been right behind him the last two years,” Robinson said. “It made me feel like I’m finally at the peak of my season. Coming into Sectionals, I was really nervous because I felt I’d already peaked. I didn’t think I was going to make much progress. Then I get out there and I just explode.”
Robinson set school and personal records in the triple and high jump qualifying in both events for this week’s State Meet.
The junior took fourth in the high jump tying three other with a mark of 6 feet, 6 inches.
“If I clear 6’8 at State I’m hoping to win it,” he noted.
Robinson and three of his Munford teammates tried to qualify in the 4x200m relay. But the Cougars took fifth in the race missing by one spot.
Although the day was bittersweet for Robinson, the Cougar athlete said he is performing at a high rate at the best time of the year.
“I jumped my fartherest triple jump ever,” he said. “I jumped my highest high jump ever. And I beat someone that I’ve been right behind for two years, was amazing. Just thinking about going to State is amazing.”
Robinson said what makes the achievement even sweeter is keeping the Ivie athletes at State streak alive.
“I’m remembering saying that a few weeks ago how I would love to do that for him,” Robinson concluded. “I get to be another athlete going to State under Coach. He’s the best.”