* Photo by Ras Mykkal. Speed burner: Kyle Webb says he admires American 400m runner Jeremy Wariner.

* Photo by Ras Mykkal. Speed burner: Kyle Webb says he admires American 400m runner Jeremy Wariner.

Kyle Webb may have one of the toughest assignments of any of Bermuda’s Carifta hopefuls — move up an age group and try to win a roster spot in the sprints.

The young speed burner will have to contend with the likes of the more established Jeneko Place and Scott Clarke as he aims to represent Bermuda on home soil next year.

The Pacers Track Club member would like some day to eclipse his coach De-Von Bean’s 20.27 Bermuda record in the 100 metres.

Don Burgess caught up with the rising track star.

How did you do in your first Carifta Games?

I tried my best. I picked up a new PB and I focused on preparing for next year in Bermuda.

What was your first Carifta Games like?

The Carifta Games in Jamaica was my first track meet that big so it was very nerve-wracking. Since it was my first one, it was about enjoying it and having a good experience.

What can you take from that experience and use at the 2012 Bermuda Carifta Games?

I learned how to use my nervousness in my race so I can push harder. I learned that I need to work more to make it to the finals and get gold.

Are you preparing more because Carifta is in Bermuda?

I’m moving up an age group from the Under-17s to the Under-20s so it’s going to be very hard. There’s more of us here competing to represent Bermuda.

I’m going to have to strive to make one of those spots. I’m the new upcomer and I’m the youngest in my age group so I’ll just have to work hard.

Who are you competing with to represent Bermuda for one of the sprinting spots?

Jeneko Place, Scott Clarke, and Jerquan Symonds. I want to at least make the really team so I can say I competed and helped Bermuda out.

How did you get involved in track and field?

When I was four I always used to run around the house and my mother couldn’t catch me so it was decided I should run in the Telford Electric Mile. I came in first but my mom said I cried the whole way in winning the race.

Where did it go from there?

When I was in primary school, I had a coach, Mr Tucker, for Bermuda Pacers and he told me to sign-up and I did.

What are you hoping to accomplish through track and field?

I’m looking to get a college scholarship and see how far I can go.

What do you want to do as a career?

I would like to either be a fireman or a mechanic, but first I want to try track and see how far I can go.

Do you have a Bermuda track and field athlete who is an inspiration for you?

My coach De-Von Bean because he has the Bermuda 100 metre record. He’s inspired me so that one day I want to break his record.

How much training are you doing?

I’m training three or four times a week. As Carifta gets closer I’ll still be training about the same amount but the type of training I will do will change.

Middle distance runners do cross country in the off-season. What do sprinters do?

During the off-season I train on the beach and do basic strength training so when I do hit the track I can just work on speed.

Is there an international track and field athlete who inspires you?

I look up to Jeremy Wariner. He runs the 400 and I like the way he runs with shades. I tried doing that at the East Coast Invitational, but found out that just wasn’t for me. n

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