With the KHSAA State High School Track and Field Championships set to unfold Thursday through Saturday at the University of Louisville, there already is a winner.
Henry Clay freshman DeQuan Robinson is seeded fifth in the Class 3A 100 meters and 200, and also will run on the Blue Devils' 4-by-200 and 4-by-400 relays.
What makes his story remarkable is that he, along with twin sister DeToria, was born three months premature.
DeQuan entered the world weighing 1 pound, 10 ounces. DeToria weighed 1-12.
Never miss a local story.
Five times, from birth until he was discharged from the hospital, DeQuan "flat-lined," according to his father, Derek.
"We did a lot of praying and fortunately he pulled through," Derek said. "But it was a struggle. It was very scary in the beginning."
Derek was a seven-time state high school champion in sprints and relays. As a senior in 1985, he helped Lafayette to a team championship.
A (kidney) cancer survivor for five years, Derek has seen more than one son excel on the track.
DeQuan's half-brother, Brandon Nichols, set the state meet record for 400 meters (47.11) and is a redshirt freshman at the University of Kentucky.
Dorian Robinson, a Henry Clay senior, shares the top seed time in the 3A 300-meter hurdles (40.09) with Bryan Station's Jacob McLimore and North Hardin's Dante Johnson.
"I'm just going to leave it in God's hands," Dorian said of his state meet outlook. He also will join DeQuan on the relays.
Davonte Robinson, a Hayes Middle School eighth-grader, is ranked nationally in the 400 with a time of 53.89.
"I'm just fortunate and glad — and actually blessed — that God has given me some gifted children that have actually turned to a sport that I really love," Derek Robinson said.
DeQuan, 15, has seen pictures of when he was measured in ounces and inches. He thinks about his story sometimes when he runs.
He doesn't talk much about his premature birth, though.
Because he had breathing tubes down his throat for the first three months of his life, he has a soft voice that sometimes is mistaken for hoarseness. His voice has been reason enough for some peers to pick on him. He could explain, but "I don't really talk about it that much. ... I tell them sometimes."
His personality and speed tell plenty, though. DeQuan has a quick wit and quick feet.
Seeded fifth in his individual events, "I hope to see third in the 100," he said. "I'm trying to get first in the 200."
He dreams of someday running those races in the Olympics.
His father, who qualified for both sprints in the 1986 NCAA meet with Southeast Missouri State, has helped DeQuan every step thus far.
"He helped me learn how to run," DeQuan said. "Told me how to get faster, taught me some techniques to do. Like high knees and butt kicks."
Competition with his brothers also has been an inspiration — a feeling that is mutual.
"I'm proud of (DeQuan). That's my little brother," Dorian said. "I love him. He's got a future ahead of him."