Brother Khadevis Robinson
Dream come true: UNLV’s Khadevis Robinson going back to Olympics
Robinson ran a masterful race in the 800-meter finals, finishing second for a U.S. qualifying spot at the London Olympics
UNLV assistant coach Khadevis Robinson at the UNLV track Wednesday, June 13, 2012.
By Taylor Bern
UNLV track coach Khadevis Robinson is heading for the Olympics this summer after qualifying for the 800m dash on Monday, June 26, 2012.
Thanks to a calm first lap and an exquisite kick around the final turn, UNLV assistant track coach Khadevis Robinson is going back to the Olympics.
After winning both of his preliminary heats leading into Monday night’s finals at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore., Robinson ran a picture-perfect race to finish second in the 800 meters with a time of 1 minute, 44.64 seconds. He finished behind 2008 Olympian Nick Symmonds (1:43.92) and just barely edged out first-time Olympian Duane Solomon Jr. (1:44.65). Ryan Martin (1:44.9), who finished fourth, has the unenviable position of being the fastest American 800 runner not to make the U.S. team.
“We are so proud of Coach KD and his accomplishments,” UNLV track and field coach Yvonne Wade said in a statement. “He has trained very hard for this while coaching our Rebels and it just proves that if you set your mind to something it can be done. Two of our Rebel family members are representing us in London. We all should be very proud.”
The other Rebel already going to London is Amanda Bingson, a senior thrower who qualified in the hammer throw last week.
This is Robinson’s second trip to the Olympics after making the Athens team in 2004. Robinson just barely missed qualifying in 2000 and 2008, finishing fourth both times.
The heartbreak of that second fourth-place finish nearly drove him from the sport for good, but Robinson couldn’t bring himself to walk away. Not when he could tell that he clearly still had the stuff to compete on the highest level.
This year he didn’t run an open race (non-relay) until earlier this month at the Pre Classic in Eugene. When you get to be 35, Robinson said, you know if you’ve still got it; there’s no need to try to work into it.
So, he went into the trials with a calm spirit, knowing that he would either succeed or fail, and be OK with both. Competing on the same Hayward Field track that he ran on at the Pre Classic, Robinson stuck to the same routines, even down to staying at the same hotel. And though he readily admits that he was in better shape in 2008, things worked out better this time around.
The men’s 800 meters at the London Olympics begins on Monday, Aug. 6 with the medal round scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 9.
Robinson said the most important thing he learned from his first trip to the Olympics was to look around and take everything in. Now he’s eight years older and will likely be the one giving that advice to younger athletes.
They would be wise to listen to him.
Brother Theron Goynes
Classing up the town
Theron Goynes says having his name on a park, school indicates his work was valued
By AMANDA LLEWELLYN
VIEW STAFF WRITER
Around these parts, former North Las Vegas City Councilman Theron Goynes is the closest thing to a living legend the city might have. After all, one doesn't garner the distinction of having both a park and elementary school named for you without good reason.
The honors came to Goynes in the late 1990s. Now 81, he was made the namesake for the Theron H. Goynes Park, 3909 W. Washburn Road, in 1998. Goynes in 2005 shared with his wife the honor of seeing the Clark County School District open the Theron H. & Naomi D. Goynes Elementary School, 3409 W. Deer Springs Way.
City Planner Michelle Menart said the City Council chose Goynes as honoree when it came time to name a new park as the 20th century drew toward a close.
"The suggestion was made that Goynes had contributed so much to the community it should be named after him," she said. "That was what everyone decided was the best thing."
Born in 1929 in Texarkana, Texas, Goynes graduated high school in 1947 and went on to attend Prairie View A&M University in south Texas, majoring in business administration and minoring in secondary education.
"I graduated in 1952 and went on to start my life," he said.
Later that year, Goynes joined the U.S. Air Force and served four years. He earned a Master of Arts degree in educational administration in 1963 at the Arizona State College at Flagstaff, which was later renamed Northern Arizona University.
Goynes said he met the love of his life when he took a teaching job in Nashville, Ark., and it was love at first sight.
"It was during our first faculty meeting," he said. "We dated a year before marrying. But I knew it was right long before then."
Goynes has been married to the same woman for 52 years, a feat he credits God with making possible.
"I think the first thing that will make a relationship work is to have a strong belief in your personal savior, Jesus Christ," he said. "Then you have to treat her as you would like to be treated by others."
Goynes and his family came to Nevada in 1964, recruited by the Clark County School District.
Goynes worked as an elementary school principal and teacher in the district until 1992. Naomi Goynes also taught school in the district.
"Those were some great years," he said. "I look back on those times and smile."
Goynes served 20 years on the North Las Vegas City Council, with his tenure ending in 2001. He worked tirelessly to promote education and growth in the valley.
"I was mayor pro tem for 12 of those years," he said. "I feel like we got a lot done, and I'm proud of my work there."
Goynes said he's now at an age when he can enjoy the fruits of his labor.
"I have three children and five grandchildren," he said. "Now I'm just trying to do the grandfather thing."
Goynes said he has always felt honored to have these facilities named for him, and he said he feels he deserves the recognition.
"I see it as a sign that someone cares about the work that I've done," he said. "I'm very happy about it."
Contact North Las Vegas and Downtown View reporter Amanda Llewellyn at email@example.com or 380-4535.