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TRACK & FIELD

Hoff shatters two Island high school records Carihi runner wins both the junior boy’s 1,500m and 3,000m races breaking one mark that has stood since 1973 KEN ZAHARIA COURIER-ISLANDER

It makes you wonder what Brendan Hoff would have done with a healthy back. Despite having to take a week off from training, and then only getting in three training sessions before the Vancouver Island High School Track and Field Championships last Wednesday and Thursday at UVic, Hoff proved his resilience. Running for the Carihi Tyees Hoff posted a pair of gutsy wins and in the process set records in both races, one dating way back to 1973. Running through the tender back, Hoff was nothing short of brilliant winning the junior boy’s 3,000m Wednesday, breaking the nine minute barrier finishing in 8:56.86, an amazing 20 seconds ahead of runner-up Joshua Bailey from Dover Bay. Hoff’s time also destroyed the old record of 9:11.00 set in 1997 by Ben Mocket from Dover Bay. Thursday, Hoff became a double gold medalist, continuing his impressive domination over the Island field this time winning the 1,500m by 10 seconds over Bailey once again. More importantly to Hoff his clocking of 4:06.04 broke the long standing 44-year-old record of 4:10.06 set in 1973 by Tom Griffin from Victoria’s Arbutus. For the Campbell River long distance running phenom the two wins now gives Hoff six Island titles. Hoff, 16, is only in Grade 10, he’s now won both the junior boy’s 1,500m and 3,000m since he started competing in Grade 8. These two championships though were a little more special by the fact he wasn’t exactly sure if his back would hold out and he knew

he had a good chance at establishing new records.. “I can’t walk too well today,” said a smiling Hoff on Friday. “The 3,000m on Wednesday was okay, but the 1,500m (Thursday) I felt it (back) give a little in warm up and it hurt pretty well the whole race. “I’m very happy with the results, breaking the record from 1973 was pretty special. At the time when Tom (Griffin) broke it it was the fastest 1,500m in Canada and he should have made the Canadian Olympic team, but they (Athletics Canada) said he was too young.” Despite not knowing how the back would hold up, Hoff went into the Island championships with two goals in mind, breaking both records. “I knew to have a chance at breaking the records I had to do it from the front and keep my pace up throughout the races,” he said. “I led right from the start in both races.” Hoff said he had some help with the pacing from his dad, Terry, and River City Elite coach Gord Hay calling out his times in both races. “The 1,500m is an all out sprint, you need to know what pace you’re on,” explained Hoff who in the past couple of years has won both, indoor and outdoor, provincial and national junior titles. Hoff will now be getting ready for the 2014 BC Provincial High School Track and Field Championships, May 29-31, at McLeod Athletic Park in Langley. “I’ll see how my back feels the coming week,” said Hoff of competing at Provincials. “It should be good to go. I’m confident about my two races; nobody in the province has beat my times.”

Carihi Tyees Brendan Hoff with his two first place ribbons at the Island championships at UVic last week.

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May 21, 2014 issue of the Campbell River Courier-Islander

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May 21, 2014 issue of the Campbell River Courier-Islander

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