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Today, Reynold’s Secondary grad Brendan Hoff became the Canadian Junior Track and Field Champion in the 1500-metre distance. He won the semi-final and final races at the Canadian Track and Field Championships that are taking place in Edmonton at Foote Field this weekend.
Hoff, who will be attending the University of Victoria, left nothing to chance in the semi-final. There were two heats and he ran the fastest time for both races even though the top four in both competitions, plus the next four fastest times would advance.
Amongst the athletes that he defeated today were two older runners who usurped his opportunity to compete in the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships, by running faster times, after he initially qualified.
Hoff crossed the line in the final in the time of 3:56.81. In the semi he finished in 3:56.27.
Finishing second was Brantford’s Kyle Madden who recorded a time of 3:57.33. Third was Braydon Rennie of Mississauga in 3:57.55. Mark Patton of Guelph finished fifth in the time of 3:58.20. It was Rennie and Patton, who ran faster times than Hoff this summer, after Hoff had initially qualified for the World juniors with his performance at the Victoria Track Classic with his 3:47.38. The qualifying standard is 3:48.00.
Hoff’s gold medal is small consolation for twice defeating two athletes in two days in head-to-head competition, that are going to the world junior championships.
Not to take anything away from the great efforts of each athlete, but Hoff should be going to the World Junior Championships, which will be taking place July 19 to 24 in Bydgoszcz, Poland.
Hoff, originally from Campbell River, owns every Vancouver Island High School record in the 1500-metre and the 3,000-metre distances from grade 9 to grade 12. He owns the provincial high school records for both distances, which he set this spring. He is also the provincial cross-country high school champion.
Hoff turned down at least 26 NCAA Division 1 offers to compete for the University of Victoria Vikes and continue to work with his local coach, Heather Henniger in the Athletics Canada Western Hub.
1 Hoff, Brendan 98 Victoria 3:56.27Q heat 1
2 Madden, Kyle 98 Brantford 4:01.02Q heat 2
3 Rennie, Braydon 97 Mississauga 3:56.85Q heat 1
4 Patton, Mark 97 Guelph 4:01.07Q heat 2
1 Hoff, Brendan 98 Victoria 3:56.81
2 Madden, Kyle 98 Brantford 3:57.33
3 Rennie, Braydon 97 Mississauga 3:57.55
4 Dannatt, Charlie 99 Vancouver 3:57.98
5 Patton, Mark 97 Guelph 3:58.20