One year after falling just one spot short, Pendleton alumnus Donte Robinson finally earned a conference championship.
Robinson, a junior track and field athlete at Portland State, won the Big Sky Conference Indoor championship in men’s heptathlon on Friday in Flagstaff, Arizona, with 5,248 points across the six events. He was tied with Sacramento State’s Max Jette going into the final event, the 1,000 meter run, but Robinson’s time of 2:51.65 beat Jette by four seconds to take home the crown.
Robinson’s 5,248 points were a personal best, clearing his previous best of 5,230 set at last year’s Big Sky Championships, and he remains second all-time in Portland State history. He trails only the 5,432 points earned by Nick Trubachik in 2010.
Robinson also set personal bests in the 60-meter hurdles (8.31) and the pole vault (13-09).