Junior Brian Robison has put his excellent work in spring football behind him and the focus on his field events is starting to pay off. He won both the shot put and the discus at the Michael Johnson Invitational in Waco, Texas on April 23. Then, he traveled to Philadelphia for the prestigious Penn Relays and promptly posted two regional-qualifiers after setting a personal best in the shot put (62-4.50) and a season best in the discus (183-0). We got a chance to catch up with the Splendora, Texas native as he prepares for the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships, which are being held in Manhattan, Kan., May 13-15.
On shifting from both football and track to just track: It is an interesting transition. You start by focusing on one sport and then you move to two sports and back to one again, so you have to change gears. You have to get your body adapted and find your rhythm in the ring again. It is just now starting to come around.
On his recent performances: Everything has been going real well. I've had some great practices this week, getting ready for the conference meet. Things seem to be going my way right now, so I hope it keeps going.
On his performance at the Penn Relays: The Penn Relays is one of those competitions where you have to step up, and that is what I did. I wasn't real happy with the discus, but the shot put went really well.
On the difference between this time last year and now: I would say that I'm much more relaxed right now. Last year, when I would get into a meet setting, I would tense up and that isn't something you want to do. This year, I've been able to focus more and stay more relaxed.
On his expectations for the rest of the season: The way I feel now, I wouldn't be surprised if I unleash some big throws at the conference meet. I could see myself going anywhere between 195 and 200 feet in the discus and maybe 64 to 65 feet in the shot put.
On the reasons everything is coming together for him: I've definitely matured a lot over my first few years here. I've been able to concentrate on each sport more than I was able to in the past. Everything has been going really good and I just want to work even harder to make sure it keeps going.