Buckner Making Waves on the Track

Life is pretty busy for Robbie Buckner. Luckily for him, he is one of the fastest guys in the state of Arkansas. TBS caught up with Buckner just after he returned from the state track and field championships. After a few more races, the speedy cornerback is headed to Provo.

Robbie Buckner's results at the State Championships were impressive especially considering that he ran in so many events. Buckner won the state championship in the long jump while placing fourth in the 200 meters with his best time being 22.2 seconds. Buckner also was the state champion in the 400 meters running a 49.0 second time. He was pleased with his overall performance.

"I was happy with what I did in the long jump and 400, but I was really tired in the finals of the 200 where I only ran a 22.6," said Buckner. "I had the fastest qualifying time at 22.2, but I wasn't able to run that in the final."

Buckner also ran the second leg in Ashdown's 4x100 relay team. They posted a 41.8, which would have been a state record were it not for a wardrobe malfunction and an inexplicable state rule.

"Two of us had white shorts and two of us had purple shorts, so we were disqualified which was disappointing since we ran the best time," explained Buckner.

Ashdown got the right shorts on in time to win the state champion in the 4x400 relay. Buckner will compete in the 400, 4x400 and long jump at the Meet of Champions next Wednesday.

Turning to Football

Of course Buckner was not proffered a scholarship by BYU to run track. While he concentrates primarily on track, Buckner is also getting physically prepared to compete in football this August. Buckner has already received a workout program from the BYU coaches and is following it closely.

"It involves mostly working on my upper body strength," said Buckner. "I'm doing a lot of bench press and curls. I'm also doing a lot of power cleans and stuff like that to get myself ready." Buckner is currently 5-foot-11 and 175 pounds and is looking to get a little bit bigger while maintaining his speed.

Buckner will get a jump-start in prepping himself for the coming season when he arrives in Provo early next month to live with his Aunt in Payson. He hopes to work out with the team daily to be better prepared for fall camp.

"I don't know how much I can workout with them," said Buckner. "But at the very least I want to get there to get used to the altitude and work out individually or whatever. I just want to prepare myself as best as possible."

Buckner's current plans call for playing one year and then leaving for an LDS church mission. He wants to make the most of the year before his mission. His ultimate goal is to help the team, but if that results in playing time, then it is all the better.

"I just want to play", said Buckner, "I don't care if it's at cornerback or special teams, I just want to get out there and help the team. I think I have the skills and ability to help out right away. I don't want to redshirt, but if that's what they say is best, then I'll do it, but I want to play right away for sure."

Hard work has been the key to success for Buckner in the past, and he does not believe that will change in college.

"I'm just going to work as hard as possible and I know if I do, then the best will come of it," said Buckner. "Not just getting ready physically, but getting ready mentally is what I want to accomplish this June when I move to Provo with my Aunt. I want to learn the coverages, the technique and everything so that when I practice for the first time this fall then I'll already know a lot of what the team is doing."


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