Track Assistant Robinson on Pan Am Juniors Staff

by Will Stafford (@WillStaffordLSU)
Track Assistant Robinson on Pan Am Juniors Staff

BATON ROUGE – LSU Track & Field assistant coach Khadevis Robinson has plenty of experience stepping onto the international stage for his country as one of the world’s leading 800-meter runners in his professional career, and now he will play the role of coach for Team USA at the upcoming Pan American Junior Championships to be held in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.

The three-day track and field competition at this year’s Pan American Junior Championships will be held from July 31-Aug. 2 as Robinson will coach the women’s distance runners for the United States.

One of the most accomplished middle distance runners in USA Track & Field history as an eight-time U.S. Champion in the 800 meters, Robinson is a two-time Olympian and seven-time World Championship qualifier as a member of Team USA during a 15-year professional career spanning 1998-2012. His experience took him to the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004 and London in 2012.

Robinson has quickly become a successful middle distance and distance coach in the collegiate ranks in just three seasons, while most recently coaching Lady Tiger sophomore Morgan Schuetz to the NCAA semifinals in the 800 meters during both the indoor and outdoor seasons in 2015. Schuetz set personal bests of 2 minutes, 4.53 seconds indoors and 2:03.12 outdoors earlier this spring.

On the men’s side, Robinson coached senior Julian Parker to an SEC Championship in the 800 meters during the outdoor season with a lifetime PR of 1:46.17 in the final at the SEC Outdoor Championships. Also clocking a lifetime best this season was sophomore Blair Henderson, who ran a top time 1:47.03 to join Parker as an NCAA qualifier in the event with an appearance at the NCAA East Preliminary Rounds.

In his second season as a member of the LSU staff, Robinson coached his athletes to one SEC title, six All-SEC honors, four NCAA qualifying performances and a pair of NCAA semifinal appearances in 2015.

The LSU Track & Field program will be well-represented at this year’s Pan Am Juniors as three Lady Tiger freshmen will be joining Robinson during the competition in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, next week. USA Junior Silver Medalist Aleia Hobbs will line up in both the 100-meter dash and 4×100-meter relay as she makes her first career international appearance with Team USA, while she will be joined in the 4×100-meter relay pool in the competition by fellow freshman Mikiah Brisco, who placed fifth in the 100-meter final at the USA Junior Championships back in June.

Freshman All-American Daeshon Gordon will also line up in the women’s 100-meter hurdles for Jamaica as the fastest junior hurdler in the nation’s storied history in the sport after she set the Jamaican junior record of 12.97 seconds at the Jamaican Senior National Championships also held in late June on the same weekend as the USA Track & Field Championships and USA Junior Championships.