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Donna Robinson inks with D-I Eastern Washington


The Gladstone track and field standout gets a full ride

by:  JOHN DENNY -   (From left) Donnas father, Steven Robinson Jr., Gladstone High School throws coach Hunter Utz and girls track coach Joan Kintz were on hand on Feb. 20 as Donna Robinson signed a letter of intent to accept a full-ride scholarship to Eastern Washington University.Gladstone High School senior D’onna ‘Beast’ Robinson has accepted a full-ride scholarship to compete in track and field at Eastern Washington University, a NCAA Division I-FCS school that competes in the Big Sky Conference.

“They only had one scholarship for throwers this year and they gave it to D’onna,” said Gladstone girls track coach Joan Kintz. “That’s a big compliment.”

Robinson says she also received a great deal of interest from recruiters at NCAA Division II Seattle Pacific University, NCAA Division III University of Laverne, and Concordia University.

She explained while she accepted the full-ride offer from Eastern Washington:

“The people there are really nice. They have a simple, yet extended campus, I like the coaching staff and the team.... It seems like the place I’d be most comfortable with and have the best chance to succeed.”

Robinson has made a big impact at Gladstone High School, winning back-to-back state titles in the discus and placing second in the state in the shot put her sophomore and junior years.

She holds Gladstone’s school record in the girls discus (139-4) and she has a best of 40-10 in the shot put.

Robinson says of her goals at Gladstone this spring, “to throw at least 43 feet in the shot put and over 155 in the discus.”

“I want to improve my record in the discus, so it will stay up there for awhile, and I want to win state this year in both the discus and shot put,” Robinson said. “It’s been between me and [Newport’s] Cherilyn Bunker [at state] the last two years. I’ve been second to her in the shot put twice and she’s been second to me in the discus. I think I can get her in the shot put, because it’s always been close. In the discus, it hasn’t been close. She doesn’t have a chance.”

D’onna’s father, Steven Robinson Jr. said he gave D’onna the nickname “Beast.”

“It’s her mentality,” he said. “It changes when she’s competing. She becomes a ‘beast.’”

A 3.2 student at Gladstone, Robinson said she is as yet undecided about her major, although she is leaning towards a major in physical therapy or athletic training.