Mike Roberson

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Mike Roberson (born March 25, 1956) is an American former sprinter.[1]

Roberson was a very talented track athlete for his high school, Winter Park, and college, Florida State.[2]

At Winter Park, Roberson competed in the 120-yard high hurdles, and the 100- and 220-yard sprint races. At the state meet in 1975, Roberson set a national high school record of 13.2 s in the 120 hurdles plus recording the outstanding times of 9.4 s for the 100 y and 21.1 s for the 220 y.[2][3] Also in 1975, Robertson clocked a high-school record for the 100 y at 9.2 s and equalled the then records for the 120 y hurdles (his new record was pending) and 220 y.[4]

Roberson was a key member of the Florida State track team during his years there, 1976-1980, setting college indoor and outdoor records in the 60, 100, and 200 m, and Metro Conference records in the 100 and 200 m.[5] His greatest triumph was winning the 1980 NCAA (United States college) title at 200 m.[6]

Roberson also triumphed on the international stage by winning gold in the 100 m at the 1979 World University Games and as part of the winning United States 4x100 m relay team at the 1979 Pan American Games.[5]

His triumphs as a high-school and college athlete in Florida were honoured by having a track meet named after him - the Mike Roberson Invitational. The meet was started by the former coach of his old high school, Winter Park, Bob Mosher.[2]

In 1985, he was inducted into the Florida State University Hall of Fame.[5]

In 1989, he was inducted into the Central Florida Sports Hall of Fame.[7]

In 2010, he was inducted into the Winter Park Sports Hall of Fame.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Profile". all-athletics.com. Retrieved 22 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c "The Roberson: Track Meet That Lives Up To Its Name". Orlando Sentinel. April 10, 1987. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  3. ^ "1975 FHSAA Boys Track and Field Championships". June 18, 2009. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Mike Roberson runs the fastest". Southeast Missourian. May 3, 1975. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c "Mike Roberson, Florida State Hall of Fame". Seminoles.com. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  6. ^ "200 Meters, A History Of The NCAA Championships, 1921–2013". Track and Field News. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "9 Members Inducted Into Local Halls Of Fame, 1921–2013". Bill Buchalter, Orlando Sentinel. April 16, 1989. Retrieved May 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "2010 Induction Ceremony". WPHS Sports Hall of Fame. April 16, 1989. Retrieved May 2, 2014.