Bryce Hoppel Signs Pro Contract with Adidas
LAWRENCE, Kansas – Two-time NCAA Champion and five-time All-American while at the University of Kansas, Bryce Hoppel announced on Saturday that he has signed a professional track and field contract to represent Adidas.
“I am excited to venture into the professional world as a part of the adidas family and to wear the three stripes with pride,” Hoppel wrote in a statement on Saturday. “In the coming year at Kansas I will have the opportunity to finish my degree at the pace that is best for both my athletic and academic careers and thrive under the familiar training structure and support I have already found so much success in.”
— Bryce Hoppel (@BryceHoppel) August 17, 2019
Hoppel, of Midland, Texas, announced his decision to go pro in a letter penned to the team, coaches and fans on July 30, 2019, after a third place finish at the 2019 USATF Outdoor Championships on July 28. Hoppel then traveled to Lima, Peru to compete for Team USA at the Pan-American Championships for the first time in his career, placing fourth overall in the 800 meter finals.
Hoppel’s illustrious career as a Jayhawk was highlighted by a standout junior season, where he won 22 consecutive races, sweeping both NCAA Indoor and Outdoor 800 meter titles. Hoppel became the first Jayhawk to win the 800 meter title both indoors and outdoors, while his time of 1:44.41 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships was the fifth-fastest in collegiate history.
While at Kansas, Hoppel won four Big 12 titles, including a sweep of the 800 meter title both indoors and outdoors in 2019. In addition, Hoppel was a five-time All-American and two-time National Champion, while going down as the KU indoor school record holder in the 800 meters and the second-fastest in school history outdoors in the 800 meters.
The all-time collegiate 800-meter list now features ✌️ Jayhawks in the top-five.
4. Jim Ryun – 1:44.3
5. Bryce Hoppel – 1:44.41
— Kansas Track & Field (@KUTrack) June 8, 2019
With his third place finish at the USATF Outdoor Championships, Hoppel earned his way to the IAAF World Championships that take place in Doha, Qatar from September 26 to October 6.