GREENVILLE, N.C. - Victoria Robinson (Greenville, N.C.) has signed a grant-in-aid to compete for and attend East Carolina University beginning in the fall of 2010, according to an announcement from head coach Curt Kraft Friday.
Robinson joins the Pirates after a one-year hiatus from track and field. Upon completion of an academic year at the Naval Prep Academy in Rhode Island, the J.H. Rose High School graduate decided to return to her native Greenville to pursue her collegiate, academic and athletic goals.
Robinson is a two-time North Carolina 4A state champion in the 300-meter hurdles and is ranked fifth on the all-time state performance list in the same event with a 43.23 showing. Her personal best showing in the 400-meter hurdles, 1:01.19, positions her to compete for a spot on the Conference USA Outdoor Championship podium as a freshman.
“We recruited Victoria when she attended JH Rose High School," Kraft said. "She is a very accomplished hurdler. Her decision to return home is a blessing to our team. It’s a win-win situation for our community and the university when hometown student-athletes choose to remain in Greenville to continue their academic and athletic journeys.
"The year she spent in a military environment prior to her return home should benefit her greatly. I wouldn’t be surprised if Victoria is an instant all-conference athlete."