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MacArthur’s Korie Robinson, left, races to the finish line at the state track championships on Friday.

Ups and downs at State

MacArthur’s day starts tough, ends strong at Yukon

YUKON  MacArthur's day at the Class 5A state track meet couldn't have started any worse, but it couldn't have finished much sweeter. 

The Highlanders' boys 4 X 200 relay team ended the day with a record-setting, state championship winning performance anchored by Korie Robinson. Robinson, who earlier in the day watched helplessly as his teammates let the baton hit the ground in the 4 X 100 preliminaries, disqualifying them from contention for the second straight year, made up for lost time the rest of the afternoon.

"We knew when we lost the 4 X 1 we were going to have to make up for it," he said. "When I got the baton at the end there we were already in front, all I had to do was bring it home."

Robinson did, and in doing so clinched a new state meet record for the Highlanders. Mac's winning time of 1:27.16, nearly two seconds clear of second place Carl Albert, eclipsed the previous record set by Carl Albert a year earlier. 

"We're in the record book now. That means a lot," he said. 

Robinson, who was visibly upset after the 4 X 100 mishap earlier in the day, said he never doubted his teammates, Lorenzo West, Gary McKnight and Jacques Henderson would atone for the mistake.

"Those guys work hard. We work on this every day in practice," he said. "I kinda figured they were going to make up ground for it."

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