Brendan Hoff – photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

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The Victoria Track Classic taking place June 19 at the University of Victoria will feature many Rio Olympic hopefuls and future international athletes.

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The University of Victoria Vikes track teams (men’s and women’s) are perennially at or near the top of the Western Conference in the Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) Championships, they have won national championships on occasion too, for example the men defeated the nation’s best in Guelph, Ontario at the 2015 CIS Cross Country Championships.

The challenge is to constantly recruit new talent, while nurturing and motivating the veterans that are currently in place.

One recruit, starting for the men’s side in September 2016, is Reynolds Secondary grad Brendan Hoff.

Hoff, originally from Campbell River had his choice of NCAA Division 1 schools to attend, but he decided to stay on the island, attending high school at Reynolds Secondary and attending the University of Victoria starting in September.

He turned down 26 NCAA offers.

Hoff winning the Island High School Cross Country Championships at Beaver Lake – photo credit: Christopher Kelsall

On May 18th, during the Island High School Championships, Hoff took down Tom Griffin’s 41-year-old 1500-metre record by finishing in the time of 3:56.36; Griffin’s record was 3:58.70.

The next day, he bettered the 3,000-metre record, which was previously held by his future Vike teammate Thomas Getty. In 2013, Getty set the Island record with his performance of 8:34.93. Hoff narrowly improved on it, in windy conditions.

At the time, Hoff told Victoria Sports News, “Crossing the line felt pretty good knowing now that I own every single island record in the 1500m and 3000m events from grade nine all the way to senior. On top of that I won top male athlete and ran a 49-second 400m as the anchor leg of my relay team placing second,” Said Hoff.

During the BC High School Championships that took place in Nanaimo on June 3rd and 4th, Hoff won gold in the 1500-metre event finishing in a quality 3:53.40, taking down Surrey resident Nathan Tadesse’s record from 2015, which was 3:55.15 and then he followed up that record-breaking performance by bettering Tadesse’s provincial 3,000-metre record by finishing in the time of 8:39.33. The old record was 8:42.87.Hoff_FlashVSN

Hoff will be racing in the National Track League in Vancouver at Swangard Stadium and in Victoria, on his home turf at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium, during the Victoria Track Classic on June 19.

“Coming into this meet, I’m feeling 100% recovered, healthy and ready to race fast,” shared Hoff. “I want race to not only try to run a big personal best, but also go for the win in my heat.”