A former Parker High student who excelled in sports in high school has begun excelling in a news sport in his freshman year in college: track and field. On April 28, James Hoban became the all-Northwest Conference Champion in the 100-meter dash with a time of 10.69 seconds.
Hoban is a freshman at Pacific Lutheran University. He graduated from Parker High in 2018. While at Parker High School, he played football and baseball for the Broncs. He excelled at football and was one of the Broncs’ offensive stars as a running back and pass receiver. He was named the 2017 Player of the Year in the 2A Central, which was the Broncs’ region that year.
Coach Jeston Lotts said Hoban was one of those players people noticed when he went out on the field. Most Broncs’ fans will likely remember watching his No. 4 uniform running down the field.
Hoban also played baseball. He was named to the 2018 2A West All Region Team Second Team. He was a solid hitter and base stealer.
When he won the conference championship for the 100-meter dash, he also set a personal record and a school record. He also placed second in two other events: the 200-meter dash and the men’s 4 x 400-meter relay.
“I’m currently sitting in the 17th spot for Nationals right now in the 100m.” Hoban wrote on his Facebook page. “This means I have a chance to go compete in Ohio in a few weeks for Division 3 Nationals, as long as I stay in the top 20! Crazy first year of track and only more to come!”
“I’m thankful for the opportunity that Pacific gave me to get out and do what I do and just run,” Hoban continued. “I couldn’t have done any of this without the love and support from the coaches and athletes all year! They helped me so much through my first year of track and I could never thank them enough! Congrats to all the athletes that placed at conference pushing the men’s team to a 3rd place overall and the ladies to 4th overall. Wind, rain, and shine, we killed it this weekend!”