Former Payson High School three-sport star Jeremy Hoff will lead the Northern Arizona University Lumberjacks into the inaugural NCAA Western Regional track and field championships May 30 and 31 at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.
As a senior at NAU and a captain of the track team, Hoff will be the only Lumberjack thrower in the competition. With a shot put effort of 59 feet 11 inches, Hoff enters the meet ranked eighth in the Western Regional descending order list.
At the Big Sky Conference championships last week, Hoff was second.
The ex-Longhorn star is coming off a hand injury that has hindered his progress as of late.
As a senior at Payson High School, Hoff helped the 1998 edition of the football team win the Class 3A state championship. After playing basketball his senior year, he began his track and field career as a runner.
Gradually, he developed an affinity for the throws event and went on to become one of the all time greats at Payson High.
During his college carrier, he has added more than 45 pounds to his body weight. The additional strength and muscle has helped Hoff mold himself into a national-class shot-putter.
Ex-Longhorn David Shaw also is among the Lumberjacks who qualified for the Western Regional. A sprinter during his tenure at PHS, Shaw is now a member of the Lumberjacks' relay team.
The Jacks have qualified a field of 21 athletes for the championships.