Not much slows down Otis-Bison's Jordan Hoffman. But after being one of the top runners in the state all season last year, he ran into something that brought his quest for a state title at to a halt.
“He was battling through injuries and the problem was we really didn't know what injury he had,” said Cougars head coach Travis Starr. “He pulled something down at state so he wasn't able to run the finals on Saturday.”
It’s a moment Hoffman won’t soon forget.
“That was terrible,” said Hoffman. “I was so ready to win and get first in state.”
But last season's injury struggles only served to motivate Hoffman who currently holds the fastest times in Class 1A in the 100, 200 and is fourth fastest in the 400.
“I think it had to have made him hungry,” said Starr. “I think that he missed out on quite a bit last year at state being up on the podium, he didn't get to get up on that. It has made him hungry he definitely wants to come in and win and you see it in his attitude and the way he carries himself.”
Hoffman says it just nice to get back on the track 100 percent healthy.
“It's a nice change that I'm not hurt throughout the season,” said Hoffman. “I always try to push myself. I don't have a lot of competition in this part of the state. I always like to see myself back at the state tournament.”
A chance to finally capture some state hardware would be the perfect redemption for Hoffman and the perfect ending would be?
“Three gold medals on the podium,” said Hoffman.