A little more than a week ago, Brownwood senior Chevy Robertson lived out what he had felt was an impossible dream by competing at the UIL Class 4A Track and Field State Championships.
Monday night, another goal that he at one point felt was unattainable became a reality as he signed a national letter of intent to run track at NCAA Division II Angelo State University.
“It’s an opportunity most students in school never have,” Robertson said. “I couldn’t feel more grateful and blessed to be attending college and running track.”
Robertson won the District 6-4A championship in the 400 meters in a time of 50.42, then followed that with a second-place time of 49.24 at the area meet in Mineral Wells. At regionals, where he just missed out on a state berth as a junior, Robertson was clocked at a personal-best 49.27 to place second and secured a trip to Austin. At the state meet, Robertson came in sixth in a time of 49.51 to wrap up his high school career.
“It’s awesome to know I was one of nine that made it to state in Class 4A,” Robertson said. “I want to thank God for blessing me with the opportunity to make all this happen.”
Robertson chose to attend Angelo State after originally planning to go to Abilene Christian.
“I was looking at attending ACU because the head track coach said I could walk on,” Robertson said. “Knowing I would be a walk on, I wouldn’t have gotten many opportunities to have a lot of time on the track. I thought it’d be wiser to attend a DII where I would have more opportunities to compete.”
Brownwood track and field head coach Don Hood believes Angelo State is an ideal fit for Robertson.
“Chevy’s earned the opportunity and maybe even the right to compete at the college level,” Hood said. “I’m pleased he picked Angelo because they have a great track tradition of history of 400-meter guys. I talked to their coach at the state meet and he’s very excited about Chevy coming.”
Hood added that on the track, the future is limitless for the Brownwood High School Class of 2016 valedictorian.
“I don’t think Chevy has even scratched the surface for what he’s capable of,” Hood said. “When he gets into a college program where everybody is better than him right now, I think we could see Chevy running some 47-second 400 meters pretty soon. I think he’ll be a great asset to that program.”
Robertson expects to run on the mile relay as a freshman with a possibility to compete in the open quarter as a sophomore or junior.
As for his goals, Robertson said, “I hope I’m running in the low 47s by the time I’m a senior. I hope I make it to a conference meet and become a conference champion, and hopefully go on to nationals. I think that’s something that’s realistic for me.”