March 4, 2013 – Marisa Robbins, a senior at Goshen High School, placed sixth in the state for pole vault at the New York State Indoor Track Championship on March 2 at Cornell University.
According to Indoor Track Coach Kyle Lewis, the state competition “was a high-pressure, very competitive meet. Only a couple of misses separated fourth place from sixtth, with all three athletes jumping over 11 feet.”
Marisa recently took first place in pole vault at the Section IX State Qualifier at West Point, where she jumped 11’6″ — a foot higher than her closest competitor. She also competed in the 79th Eastern States Championship meet this past Monday, held at the Armory in New York City, where she placed third, jumping 11 feet. This meet is known as the oldest indoor track meet in the country and draws the best athletes from six states in the eastern U.S. Marisa also qualified for the indoor nationals being held at the Armory March 8.
According to Indoor Track Coach J.B. Russo, Marisa always dreamed of excelling in the sport of track and field. As a middle school student, she was a track athlete but quickly became fascinated with the pole vault after seeing it at a meet. She was determined to learn and began working harder at track practice, and enrolled at the Hudson Valley Flying Circus pole vaulting club in Warwick. Her hard work paid off; she has improved her jump by more than two feet since last year.
In December, Marisa broke the Goshen High School record for pole vault, exceeding the former record height of 10’6″. According to Indoor Track Coach Kyle Lewis, since then, she has continued to thrive, jumping her best height of 11’7″ and ranks in the top five in New York State.
“This has been a break-out season for Marisa,” he said.
Marisa is a member of the school’s indoor track team, coached by John Russo, physical education teacher at Goshen High School, and Kyle Lewis, French teacher at the C. J. Hooker Middle School. She also practices at the Hudson Valley Flying Circus in Warwick, working with coaches Tim St. Lawrence and Hugh Cauthers. Marisa plans to continue with pole vaulting in college. She is the daughter of Denise Robbins of Goshen.