Midland Runner Advances to Men’s 800 Meter Olympic Trials
Bryce Hoppel is another Midlander that will possibly be representing Midland in the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics next month.
According to the Midland Reporter-Telegram, Hoppel has qualified for the finals of the men's 800-meter trials today after winning the semi-final on Saturday night.
Hoppel finished in first place in the semi-final posting a 1:46.00 over 2nd place Isaiah Harris who posted a time of 1:46.16.
“I got out a little slower than I wanted to, but I stayed patient and trusted in the kick,” said Hoppel. “I know it seems like a short race, but there are a lot of decisions to be made, a lot of moves to be made. Trust in my training, trust in my strength.”
Hoppel improved over his first round race on Friday where he placed second.
“[I] got out there and raced how I always do,” said Hoppel of Saturday’s race. “Kicked at the end, felt like myself more today. I ran how I normally ran today. I was a bit off the first round, didn’t have my kick but felt better today.”
He also said the goal was to compete, run like he knows he can, and stay patient.
"I like where I’m at," said Hoppel. "Improvement is what it takes. I’ll just do whatever it takes. It might be faster next race, I’ll just compete."
Monday's finals will be at 7:28 pm central time and he will come in with the best time of all the top 8 qualifiers.