Robinson Making Mark in Two Sports

By Shalin, Neil | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), March 23, 2004 | Go to article overview

Robinson Making Mark in Two Sports


Shalin, Neil, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Neil Shalin Daily Herald Correspondent

March has been a big month for Benedictine two-sport star Julie Robinson.

She earned All-America track honors as a high jumper at the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships and has also been named by the Northern Illinois-Iowa Conference to both its all-conference basketball team and its all-academic basketball team.

On March 13 Robinson cleared 5 foot, 5 1/4 inches setting her own preseason mark to finish in second place and achieve All- America status at the meet held at Wisconsin-Whitewater. Robinson also qualified for All-America honors in the high jump during the outdoor track and field season last year.

"To be able to accomplish this in just her second meet of the year is incredible," said Benedictine track coach Jon Wolcott. "She's very deserving of this because she's such a hard worker."

Robinson was the leading scorer, averaging 12.8 in conference on the Eagles' basketball squad and was named to the NIIC All- Conference team for the second time.

On the season she also led the team in assists and steals. She was in the top 20 in the nation in steals per game with a 3.8 average.

Robinson ended her career as the eighth-leading women's scorer of all-time at Benedictine with 893 points.

In being named to the NIIC All-Academic team, Robinson, an elementary education major, was recognized for her 3.71 cumulative GPA.

Senior Erin McGunnigal of Benedictine was also named to the All- NIIC team, and senior Dalena Sass received honorable mention.

North Central: All five North Central men's track and field participants in the NCAA Division III Indoor Championships at Wisconsin-Whitewater achieved All-America status. …

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