Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Andrew Robertson Wins Long Jump State Title in First Year Competing for Northside

Newspaper article The Tuscaloosa News

Andrew Robertson Wins Long Jump State Title in First Year Competing for Northside

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Northside High School senior Andrew Robertson's first attempt at the long jump and the high jump didn't happen in practice.

It was during an indoor track meet earlier this year at the Birmingham Crossplex.

"I just watched other people do it before me and then copied them. It was pretty bad," he said. "I jumped off of two feet the first time in the high jump. I didn't know you couldn't do that. They had to tell me all the rules."

Robertson may still be in the process of learning the fundamentals, but it didn't stop him from making history on Saturday.

A starter for the Rams' state-ranked basketball team, the novice jumper helped Northside win its first Class 4A-5A indoor track state title at the Birmingham Crossplex. He won the long jump (20-10.50) and tied for third in the high jump (6-00), contributing points that allowed Northside to edge out Ramsey for the trophy, 70.50-65.

"Those points were crucial," Rams coach Sue Robertson, Andrew's mother, said. "I think his jumping in basketball helped."

Robertson also ran a leg of the state record-breaking 4x800 meter relay team (8:16.55) with seniors J.P. Brinyark, Ashton King and sophomore Tanner King. They were the only four Northside athletes to score points en route to a victory.

"It's really exciting, especially for the runners that put in all the time and the hard work," he said. "I just walk out there, and they do the work and train hard, and I'm glad I can help them."

In the fall, Robertson played football and ran cross country. He was a member of the 2014 Class 4A state cross country championship team, and in the spring, he'll play baseball and compete in outdoor track.

"It keeps you in shape with both and it helps you," Robertson said of playing multiple sports in one season.

A shooting guard for the Rams, Robertson played a big role in the team's record-setting season. Under the direction of head coach Lance Green, Northside finished the regular season at 18-3, the most wins in program history, and the fewest losses.

Tuscaloosa Academy sixth-grader Chloe Johnson was named the tournament MVP after the Knights won the AISA, AAA state championship on Monday night. …

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