Blackwell has been on the Varsity Track team since freshman year and started running for the Varsity Cross Country team since his sophomore year. He decided to join cross country in order to, "get in better shape for track," he explained.
Blackwell’s personal record 3 mile time is 15:42, his best mile time is 4:40, his best 800 is 2:01, and on 4x4’s his best split is 52.3. Blackwell runs an average of eight miles a day for distance runs, and then during speed workouts he runs six to seven miles.
He has been offered the opportunity to attend either Vanguard University, or Concordia University Irvine in order to run for their teams. He has met with both colleges and has run with their teams. Also, with both colleges he has the opportunity for a partial athletic scholarship. In addition, Robert wants to be a personal trainer or running coach by majoring in kinesiology.
When asked what his greatest accomplishments were, Blackwell responded with “I don’t like to be proud of myself, I don’t feel like I’ve accomplished enough. I hold myself to a high standard, in terms of running, a standard that I haven’t quite reached. I don’t feel like I’ve performed to the best of my abilities yet.”
When asked if he wanted to add anything to the end of the interview he said, “I don't know. I just have the song 'I Just Can’t Wait to be King' by Simba stuck in my head.”