But Gobbi recognizes that the earlier track competition was helpful to his general speed and thus road racing prowess.
“In certain ways, it (sprinting) definitely helped me, with my running form and the way I run,” he said.
Haverhill track coach Mike Maguire isn’t surprised by Gobbi’s success on the roads.
“Corey had an outstanding work ethic in high school, he liked to work hard and it showed in in his running and football career at Haverhill High School,” said Maguire. “I can’t say that I’m surprised at the success he is having in road racing, it’s a transition that many make after competitively running track through high school and college.”
Despite his rise in the road racing ranks, Gobbi doesn’t have any concrete goals.
“Nothing major,” said Gobbi. “I just do it because I like to run in general, and compete,” he said. “I enjoy learning a lot about training and racing, and I like the atmosphere of races.
“Ultimately, I want to run a marathon and be competitive, but that’s about it.”