• 800 – 1:44.71
• Mile – 3:53.16
• 1500 – 3:34.78
• 2010(i) and 2011 NCAA Champion - 800
• 2017 USATF National Champion - 1500
Manalapan High School '09 (Manalapan, NJ)
• 800: 1:49.21, Mile: 4:03.49
• National High School Record Holder, 1000m: 2:22.28
Robby Andrews grew up around running. His father, Bob Andrews (a 1:49 800-meter runner at the University of Pennsylvania), took him and his older sister, Kristin, to youth track meets. By the time Robby got to seventh grade it was natural for him to join cross country. Although he was pretty good from the start he really didn’t like running all that much and didn’t take it seriously. He really liked basketball and that was his sport of choice.
Even as a freshman at Manalapan High School (NJ) when he ran the mile in 4:28 and the 800 in 1:58 he really didn’t see his true potential. That all changed his sophomore year when he ran 1:52 for the 800 and a 4:17 mile. In that mile he ran splits of 2:15/2:02. After placing 4th his junior cross country season at New Jersey’s famed Meet of Champions he decided to forgo basketball and run indoor track for the first time. “I finally realized I was not going to be a 6’-4” guard that starts at UNC. I knew my ticket to college was through running.” The rest is history….and no joke, he wrote some of it as his 2:22.28 for 1000 meters his senior year is still a national record.
As one may imagine Robby had plenty of colleges knocking on his door. One coach however caught his ear going into his senior year. He received a voice message that said, “Hi Robby, this is Jason Vigilante at the University of Texas. I have to go to the Olympics with Leo, one of my athletes. Please do not commit to any college until I get back.” As it turned out Vigilante ended up taking a job at the University of Virginia and Robby committed to VA later that fall.
At the University of Virginia Robby would win two NCAA championships and become known as a ferocious finisher. He would stop competing collegiately in March of his junior year to run professionally. He qualified for the 2016 Olympic Games in the 1500 meters. You can hear Robby’s story in his own words at Aim High!
Robby graduated from the University of Virginia in 2014 with a degree in Kinesiology. He currently lives and trains in Manalapan, NJ still under the watchful eye of Coach Vigilante.
Contact: Jennifer & David Patruno
David at work: 315-472-0744
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