Record-breaking Caitlyn Bobb adds to her collegiate medal tally
Caitlyn Bobb continued her impressive debut season in college athletics in the United States competing at the Eastern College Athletic Championships at the weekend.
The University of Maryland, Baltimore County freshman came away with gold medals in the 400 metres and 4 x 400 relay as well as two track records at the all-female event held at the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia.
Bobb lowered her own school record and also set a new William & Mary facility record of 52.88sec on the way to victory in the 400.
She then added another gold medal to her growing collection of honours after helping her school to victory in the 4 x 400 relay in a time of 3mins 39.55sec to cap another successful outing at the track.
However, the 19-year-old’s outing did not go without challenges as she had to battle through fatigue up against a strong field.
“Prior to the race my body felt sluggish and tired,” Bobb told The Royal Gazette.
“Getting in to the blocks I knew it was game time and just like practice I got out while remaining controlled and relaxed.
“I was conscious to continue pumping my arms since that was a technical weakness and for the last 100 metres I executed what I practised; to accelerate and hold.
“The understanding that I am running for time and not a place is my main focus as every hundredth of a second counts.”
The 2021 junior female athlete of the year was particularly pleased to have made inroads in her bid to run a sub 52 seconds in the 400.
“I am appreciative of the win but more excited about my time of 52.88, which is a step closer to my season goal of 51 seconds,” Bobb added.
“My personal best is 52.79 so my time indicates that I’m on track to 51 seconds this season.”