Sprinter Bobb building nicely before Carifta
Caitlyn Bobb exceeded her early season expectations at the Southern Maryland Indoor Track and Field Classic hosted by Westlake High School last weekend.
The Harford Tech junior lit up the track at the Prince George’s County Sportsplex, winning the girls’ 300 metres with a personal best time of 39.34sec and finishing second in the 55 dash in 7.20, which was also a personal best.
“I didn’t know I was going to go 39 that early, which is good.” Bobb said. “I went into the 300 wanting to go 38, but I also had the 55 on the same day and didn’t know I’d have to run it three times. Prior to my 300, I’d ran two rounds of my 55, so that took a toll out of me. Going into the 300, I just tried to do my best and try and PR [personal record].”
Bobb’s time ranks eighth fastest in the country this season, with only Bella Whittaker, of Mount De Sales, going faster on a flat track with her time of 39.22. Bobb, 16, ventured somewhat into the unknown competing in the 55.
“I’ve never really ran it before on a real track with blocks and spikes, so I just wanted to go into it with a good time,” she added. “At the same time, I’ve never ran it before, so I didn’t know what a good time was.
“I ran the 7.20 and my mom [former Olympic sprinter Dawnette Douglas] had to tell me that it was the equivalent to running like a .57 in 400, so I was like, ‘Wow, now I get it.”
Bobb has made a seamless transition to competing indoors.
“It’s a big difference because the turns are very tight,” she said. “It’s also more turns indoors because it’s only a 200 track and it’s more difficult to catch people. You have to wait to get on to a straightaway to overtake people.”
Bobb won a gold medal in the Carifta Games in the Cayman Islands in the under-17 girls’ 400, as well as a bronze in the 4x100 relay. She also earned gold in the 400 and bronze in the 200 at the NACAC Under-18 and Under-23 Championships in Queretaro, Mexico.
Further gold followed in the 200 metres and 400 at the AAU Indoor Championships in Landover, Maryland, as well gold in the 300, 500, 4x200 and 4x400 relay representing Harford Tech at the Maryland Public Secondary School Athletic Association 2A State Championships.
She will compete at the Carifta Games, which Bermuda will host at the National Sports Centre from April 10 to 13.
“It’s definitely exciting because my family is going to be there,” Bobb added. “They are going to be seeing me for the first time and it’s going to be against international competition. I just really want to do well.”
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