A trio of former Edmond high school athletes are making waves in collegiate track and field.
Bryce Robinson, John Teeters and Simon Greiner, recent graduates from Edmond Memorial High School, have carried the success they saw at the 2012 OSSAA State Track and Field Championships with them to the University of Tulsa.
Several weeks ago at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville, Ark., Robinson was one of two Golden Hurricane runners to earn All-America status and was the first freshman in TU history to do so.
“When I got that news I instantly just set a goal to not only be an All-American, but a first team All-American,” Robinson said. “Overall I was very satisfied with my indoor season and I just hope to be able to achieve that same honor in my outdoor season.”
Two weeks ago in Fayetteville, Robinson and Teeters helped Tulsa set a school record in the 4x100 meter relay with a time of 40.67 seconds and a second-place finish.
The runners’ former coach at Memorial, Chris Lowrey, saw potential in them from the start.
“They’re all three incredibly talented,” Lowrey said via phone interview. “Greiner ran for us all four years, and we had a good bead on him around his sophomore year that he was going to be pretty good.”
Greiner initially used track and field as a way to keep in shape for another sport.
“Well, my brother and dad ran at the time I started running in seventh grade,” he said. “But mainly it was a way to stay in shape for soccer and hang out with friends — that was until I got good enough to be taken seriously.”
“His junior year, he popped out an amazing time at Texas relays in Austin, and we knew right then that he’s going to take it to the next level,” Lowrey said. “And ever since that meet his junior year, he has just taken it to the next level — 1:58s, 1:57s, that was almost expected of him because you knew that was what he was going to run.”
Teeters showed promise his sophomore and junior years, but a slight foot injury kept him from a championship.
“He was second his junior year in the 100-meter dash, and then he ran a leg of the short relay for us with a broken foot,” Lowrey said. “He recovered from that a little bit, came back his senior year, had surgery for it at the end of the first semester of his senior year.”
Teeters’ first track meet coming off his injury was in the middle of April during his senior year, and he came back with a bang.
“He won the 100-meter dash at the OBU meet, where he beat the reigning state champion from Lawton,” Lowrey said.
“It felt really good,” Teeters said. “My goal was to be able to make it back and it happened; I was also relieved because I knew I risked re-injuring myself trying to come back so fast from surgery.”
Robinson is a relative newcomer to track and field: He started running during his senior year at Memorial.
“We finally got him out for track, fully committed, his senior year after football, and at the first time trial he ran a 10.8 second 100-meter dash time,” Lowrey said.
According to the Edmond Memorial coach, Robinson’s work ethic while on his team was unmatched. “We even had Isaiah Duke who went to Baylor, and (Robinson) matched his work ethic just as well,” he said.
While it’s debatable whether their shared experience has influenced their transition to college to any great degree, it’s clear that the team dynamic they carried over from Memorial hasn’t yet dissolved, and they remain friends both on and off the track.
“Personally, it didn’t really effect the college transition in my opinion,” Teeters said via text interview. “I feel like the hardest part was adjusting to the intensity and competition. That would have been tough whether we all came to Tulsa or not. And Bryce certainly helps me train; we’re always pushing each other on the track and in the weight room.”
The future is as yet unwritten for the three former Memorial runners, but they’re aiming high, with help from their family and friends.
“One of my main goals is to run in the Olympics,” Robinson said. “Then, after I’m done running professionally, I would like to become a college coach and help and mentor athletes to achieve their personal goals as well.”
Teeters’ goal is to reach his fullest potential and compete at the highest level possible. “I really want to make my family and friends proud, though,” he said. “They have believed in me and supported me through so much, and they put in a lot of their time to help me become successful.”
Greiner, who won the 1500-meter run in just under four minutes at the Arkansas Spring Invitational, said, “I would love to run a sub-4 minute mile.”
A trio of former Edmond high school athletes are making waves in collegiate track and field.
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