CORRECTION 7/24/16: This story has been updated to reflect the most accurate name of Team Excelerate Phenom track club.
The Robinsons are on the road again.
By train, bus and determination, Sedalia athletes Isaiah and Regina Robinson are returning to a national track competition.
The siblings, traveling with their father, Gerald, are set to compete at the National Junior Olympic Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, California beginning Monday. Isaiah, 14, will run the 400-meter dash and Regina, 11, runs the 100m and 200m races.
Isaiah said he runs a 56.6-second 400-meter dash, while Regina currently runs the 100m in 13.46 seconds and the 200m in about 26 seconds.
The pair competed on a national stage two summers ago in the 2014 AAU Junior Olympic Games at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. They compete with the Team Excelerate Phenom track club, which is sending about 30 athletes to the national meet.
Isaiah and Regina, who began competitive track about three years ago at the Missouri Show-Me Games in Columbia, said Team Excelerate Phenom has taught them many lessons, from nutrition to technique.
“They taught us how to push ourselves,” Regina said. “That’s how we got better. How to run properly with your hands open.”
Gerald, a retired United States Air Force officer, said while he played basketball for military teams, his father was a talented runner in high school.
“It’s in their DNA,” Gerald said with a laugh. “I saw when they were young … They would run up to the car, and I saw how fast they were running. I never thought it would evolve to this level, because I didn’t know who to contact. But I knew they had the talent.”
Gerald said a family friend, Ben Perez, introduced Regina to the Show-Me Games. Regina competed with her best friend, Perez’s daughter, Charlise.
Since then, the siblings have built a jangling collection of athletic awards. The preteens said they are eager to build upon their pile of medals in Sacramento.
“Sacramento’s the deal,” Isaiah said.
Both runners deal with big-meet nerves in similar manners. Isaiah said he reflects on the many races he’ll run in the future to downplay nerves felt on the blocks.
“Sometimes I get really nervous,” Isaiah said. “I know I have to run track in high school, and we’re going to have two meets in a week sometimes. I’ll have to run in high school too, so what am I getting nervous about? I’ve been to a lot of track meets.”
Regina said she works through her nerves with ease.
“We just run it out, I guess,” Regina said.
Before the run, there’s a train ride from Kansas City to Los Angeles, a bus ride to Bakersfield, California and another train ride to Sacramento. The USATF Track and Field Championships begin with multievents at 8 a.m. Monday and conclude Sunday, July 31.
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