WACO, Texas (KWTX) Germarquis Robinson, an 8-year-old Connally ISD student whose AAU 4 X 100 relay team ran a blazing race is on his way to track and field stardom.
Germarquis Robinson (second from left) and the other members of his 4 X 100 relay team. (Courtesy photo)
His Houston AAU track team, called The Dragons, set the fastest mark of the year nationally for boys 8 and under two weeks ago with a time of 56.6 seconds in the 400-meter relay.
Robinson, a Marlin native, began training in his backyard four years ago.
He runs the third leg of the relay.
"When I run I run to win and I run with heart," he said.
"I like running the third leg because…I like running the curve (and) because I like giving it to the fourth and the fastest leg." He said.
Germann Robinson trains Germarquis and two of his other three sons.
“They've been training going on four years, but it's their first year of running track,” he said.
Part of the training requires Germarquis to pull weights as he runs.
"It's making me stronger and faster," he said.
His goal is to compete in the Olympics, but for now Germarquis and his team are headed to the AAU Junior Olympics from July 24 to Aug. 3 in Greensboro, N.C.
He and the other team members are raising funds for the trip through a GoFundMe account.