Yellowjacket Bobbitt inks with Queens
WILLIAMSTOWN — Tommy Bobbitt is used to being part of a successful track and field program.
The Williamstown senior, who was a member of the Yellowjackets’ Class A state title team last spring, signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday afternoon to compete on the track for Queens University of Charlotte head coach Jim Vahrenkamp, whose program just won its third straight South Atlantic Conference championship.
“We looked at other places,” said the future journalism major who plans to minor in sports communications. “I looked at Western Kentucky, Emerson College and WVU. Those were pretty much the top four at the end of the day, but my heart kept going back to Charlotte.”
Bobbitt, who plans to be a decathlete for the Royals, has earned four letters in track, two in soccer, a pair in wrestling and one in cross country.
“During high school I was thrown into a lot of events,” Bobbitt said of his track career. “It was pretty difficult to find a solid event. That’s because even to this day I don’t have one great particular event that I’m amazing at. So we figured the best way to get me to run track in college was through the decathlon.
“During the summer before my junior year I started competing in AAU and did pretty well. I got 11th at nationals in the decathlon. I also competed in the AAU nationals this past summer, but the competition was pretty hefty and I got 23rd. There were a lot of athletes coming from right off their freshman year in college.”
Bobbitt admitted he’s thought about being a collegiate track athlete “since middle school and my freshman year of high school it really hit halfway through the season that maybe I could do it in track.
“I just had a goal to do it and thank God I came across the decathlon because it ended up working out pretty well.”
Getting the chance to continue his career as a student-athlete at the next level is something Bobbitt doesn’t take lightly.
“It’s a blessing,” he said. “It reminds me of everything I’ve been blessed with up until this point. From God, to my parents and grandparents, to the rest of my family, coaches, teammates and friends and how they’ve pushed me to be the best I can be and it got me to this point and I’m just thankful for it.
“I’ll miss doing the other sports, obviously. I don’t like doing one exact thing, but that’s the beauty of the decathlon and its 10 events, but it’s all scored as one. My heart has always been at track, but I love the other sports and competing in different ways and all the teams that I’ve been on.”
Of course, making the jump from single-A to college isn’t going to be easy, but Bobbitt feels he’s ready for the challenge. He carries a cumulative 3.74 GPA and had a high mark of a 4.1 GPA this year.
“It’s a little nerve-wracking, but it’s also exciting,” he said. “I know it’s going to be a challenge to mix school and track, especially at the college level.
“At the same time I’m really excited to take the next step in my life and compete in college like I’ve wanted to for years, but first we got to win the state championship at Laidley this year.”