Robinson Selected to Attend NCAA Leadership Conference
May 25, 2006
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana track and field sophomore Zakiya Robinson will represent IU at the 10th-annual NCAA Leadership Conference (May 28-June 1) in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The Ft. Wayne, Ind., native is one of 352 student-athletes from all divisions selected to attend this year's event.
Robinson competed in the 100m and the 200m, as well as in the long jump this season for the Hoosiers. She turned in a personal best at the Billy Hayes Invitational on May 5 in the 100m with a fifth-place time of 12.10. Robinson's latest 100m run moved her into second on this season's team-best list. In the 200m, Robinson picked up her best time at the Indiana Relays on April 19. Her 25.23 time in the event made her the third-fastest Hoosier this season to compete in the event. Last season, Robinson turned in IU's best mark in the long jump with a leap of 5.77m (18-11.25) at the Pepsi Invite. She bettered that mark this season at the prestigious Penn Relays on April 15 with a jump of 5.86m (19-2.75).
A health administration major, Robinson is a member of Delta Sigma Theta and recently was named a Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars by the Journal of Black Issues in Higher Education. Additionally, she earned Alpha Beta honors from IU in the fall.
Indiana director of track and field Randy Heisler believes Robinson's winning approach to everything she does contributes to her success as a well-rounded student-athlete.
"Zakiya is a young lady who we recruited because she is accustomed to winning," Heisler said. "She is used to success, and in addition to her natural abilities to run and jump well, she is very motivated and has a winning attitude about everything she does. Since she arrived in Bloomington, she has been a real plus for our team." Robinson, who is one of 352 student-athletes to be selected to attend the conference, earned her invitation out of an impressive 1,319 nominations from 333 institutions.
Last year, IU wrestler Max Dean represented the Hoosiers at the Leadership Conference.
The 2006 NCAA Leadership Conference provides student-athletes with a forum to openly discuss issues that may affect them on their campuses and in their communities, while also providing them with the opportunity to enhance their communication and leadership skill sets. The NCAA Leadership Conference also promotes better communication among student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and communities. The conference consists of daily exercises and activities to help the student-athletes develop as individuals and as contributing members to a group.
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