Union County

Record-setting Piedmont High sprinter intends to set new marks in college

Ty Jaye Robbins-Lockhart holds the Union County record for the 400-meter dash.
Ty Jaye Robbins-Lockhart holds the Union County record for the 400-meter dash. COURTESY OF TY JAYE ROBBINS-LOCKHART

Ty Jaye Robbins-Lockhart is setting records as fast as he runs.

Robbins-Lockhart said he is ranked 13th in the nation in the 400-meter dash. He also holds the 3-A state championship and Union County records, with a time of 46.72 seconds.

Robbins-Lockhart just graduated from Piedmont High School, where he holds records in the 55-, 100-, 200-, 300-, 400- and 500-meter races.

He also ran the anchor in several relays.

“I just like pushing myself,” he said, “doing what I’m capable of doing.”

Robbins-Lockhart and his family moved from New Jersey in 2013.

“I used to play football until eighth grade,” he said. “I wanted to focus on track.”

His father, Thomas Lockhart, said Ty Jaye has worked with John Sutton for speed and agility over the last two years. Sutton, a personal trainer, owns Fit-4-All in Mint Hill.

“It is an honor to train such a fine example of a young man,” Sutton said. “Ty listens well and is a hard worker. He is a stellar student, athlete and person.”

Several colleges offered Robbins-Lockhart scholarships, including UNC Charlotte and N.C. State.

According to Thomas Lockhart, Ty Jaye has decided to attend University of South Carolina, where he will major in marketing and plans to get a master’s degree.

“God’s really blessed him to do very well,” Lockhart said. “We are grateful to God.”

Perhaps the running gene is in the family: His twin sisters Keaja and Keary are rising sophomores at Piedmont and plan to run track this year.

Summer training for Ty Jaye will begin in a few weeks.

“I’ll see what I can do in college,” he said. “I hope to set some more records.”

Kim Becknell Williams is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Kim? Email her at kimbecknellwilliams@gmail.com.