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Oak Bay High School Alumnus Tyler Dozzi won a silver medal while competing in the U20 Pan-AM and NACAC Cross Country Championships in El Salvador.
Saturday, Feb. 17 Dozzi and the rest of Team Canada runners – total six athletes – competed in the race against some of the better runners from North and South America.
It was hot at 30-plus degrees, but Dozzi led the team with the second-place finish, which put Canada on the podium with the team gold medal.
Dozzi is originally from Terrace, BC. He moved to Victoria to train under two-time Olympian Bruce Deacon with the Prairie Inn Harriers Running Club Youth Team. The move paid dividends.
He went on to win Island, provincial and national cross-country championships as well as break a four-decade-old track record, before being recruited by the University of BC Thunderbirds.
During the spring of 2017 Dozzi took the provincial 3,000m record set back in 1975. It was Burnaby’s John Martens who had run 8:21.27, 42 years before. Dozzi finished in the time of 8:16.22, however Charlie Dannatt of Vancouver did one better with his win and finish time of 8:15.93. Dannatt and Dozzi are currently roommates at UBC.
At the NACAC’s American, Connor Lane, finished first in the time of 25:06. Dozzi finished 13 seconds back in 25:19, while Canadian Thomas Nobbs earned bronze at 25:23.
Fellow Canadians Andrew Alexander and Max Turek took fourth and seventh.