Caitlyn Bobb continues to impress after 200m win in Virginia
Caitlyn Bobb continued her phenomenal indoor season competing for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County at the Liberty Open yesterday.
The Bermudian sprinter won the women’s 200 metres in a time of 24.55sec and finished just shy of the podium in the 60 metres event, having crossed the line in fourth in 7.83.
Reflecting on another solid display, Bobb, who won her semi-final heat en route to reaching the 60m final, said she was confident going into the meet, which was held at the Brant Tolsma Indoor Track in Lynchburg, Virginia.
“The word that I would use to describe my performance this weekend is ʽconfident’,” she told The Royal Gazette. “I chose confident because looking at my previous track season, I am reaching the times I was struggling to reach before.
“More specifically, at Liberty Open, in every race I had, I focused on getting a good block start because that is one of my weak areas. I managed to hit my times and run multiple rounds of certain events.
“I cannot take any of the credit for my performances. All glory goes to God.”
Bobb was one of two athletes from her school securing wins at the meet, as Madison Armonda led the field across the line in the 5,000, in a time of 17min 40.4sec.
Meanwhile, freshman Bobb has already enjoyed considerable success in her debut season competing at collegiate level.
She hit the ground running after storming to victory in the 50m at the 2021-22 indoor season-opening Navy Invitational.
Her winning time of 1:14.14 is the fifth fastest in her school’s history and the fifth fastest in the nation, which also earned her America East Female Track Performer of the Week accolades and punched her ticket to the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships.
The athlete’s season then gained further momentum with victory in the 300 at the Penn State Nittany Lion Challenge as well as in the 400 and 200 at the Penn State National Open.
Bobb’s winning time in the 400 of 54.86 is both a school and Bermuda indoor record.
She eclipsed the previous school record of 55.80, set by Kirsten Jones in 2013, and the national record, which she already held.
Her times in the 200 and 400 also qualified her for the 2022 Carifta Games to be held in Jamaica from April 16 to 18.