Sprinter Earns National Ranking

Cameron Dobbins named Rutgers–Camden’s 2017 male athlete of the year

Cameron Dobbins was named RutgersCamden’s 2017 male athlete of the year

By Maggie Montalto CCAS’18

Despite finishing his junior year as a nationally ranked sprinter for Rutgers University–Camden, running track and attending college was not always the plan Cameron Dobbins had in mind. After graduating from Williamstown High School in 2015, he had plans to join the Marines, but with guidance and encouragement from his mother, he decided to become a Scarlet Raptor.

Although Dobbins tried basketball and football at an early age, he didn’t find his passion for sports until he discovered his love for sprinting. “In eighth grade, I started seeing my times go down and I realized I could do this,” he said.

Since starting his career at Rutgers–Camden, Dobbins has broken records and earned numerous awards in his first three years. He was named Rutgers–Camden’s 2017 male athlete of the year, and earned NJAC first-team honors his first year. He also earned two New Jersey Athletic Conference first-team honors and was voted NJAC Men’s Indoor Outstanding Track Athlete during the 2018 winter season.

Dobbins finished this year’s indoor track season ranked 14th in the nation in NCAA Division III for his 60-meter dash time, and just missed qualifying for the 200-meter dash, being ranked 19th.

After recovering from a leg injury, Dobbins started the outdoor track season in late March, finishing second out of 30 sprinters in the 100-meter dash at the Stockton Invitational. He was expected to have a strong finish to the season.

Even with all of his success, he makes sure to remember to focus on each meet as it comes. “At the end of the day it’s just a race and you have to go in with that mindset,” he said. “You can’t worry about what other people did before.”

When he’s not training, Dobbins puts in just as much hard work off the track as he does on it. Math is another one of his passions, and as an accounting major, he has aspirations to attend graduate school to earn an M.B.A.

Maggie Montalto is a Rutgers–Camden Honors College graduate who earned a degree in English and digital studies in May.

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