Jaimie Robinson takes flight against the triple jump competition at last year's NBIN (Mary Ann Magnant photo)
In one of the biggest and hyped up indoor meets will take place in the Bluegrass state. The University of Kentucky has turned into one of the nation's elite meets over the past dozen years. It has also attracted some premier talent from Illinois. Unfortunately, the quantity appears to be down from a year ago. The IHSA (Illinois High School Association) rules have apparently scared away some talent. Not to fret though, several top athletes from the land of Lincoln will make their presence felt.
One of the main attractions to keenly watch for is all world talent Jaimie Robinson (Sr., Homewood-Flossmoor). Robinson will start things off in the long jump where she is already having a solid season ranked #1 state wide at 19'2.75". The Univesity of Alabama bound Robinson, who is ranked #10 in the US in her "secondary event", is the defending champion. Will we see another athlete touch the 20-foot barrier this season? It is possible after witnessing Californian Tara Davis smash the national record last weekend (21'11") in Texas. With six other young ladies that have eclipsed the elusive mark, Robinson is in line to be the seventh.Senior Izabella Sabharwal comes all the way in from National Catholic HS, Washington, DC. Sabharwal is not a stranger to national level meets having competed in NBON, USATF, AAU, and more. She placed ninth at UK a year ago. Her personal best 19'1.5" makes her a threat. Another threat looking to be in the mix is Jacqueline Simmons (Sr., Elizabeth Seton, MD) whose 18'11" achieved a few weeks ago means serious business.