Jesse Hooton

VANCOUVER – There was no better place for Jesse Hooton to make his international debut than historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., also known as TrackTown USA.

On Tuesday night, the NUBC head coach <dfn><a target=Marek Jedrzejek (left) with Jesse Hooton before the 10,000 metres at the World Junior Track and Field Championships” data-saved-caption=”undefined” width=”341″ height=”193″ style=”margin-right:5px; float:left” src=”/common/controls/image_handler.aspx?thumb_id=0&image_path=/images/2014/7/23/20140722_185955_resized_2.jpg” />orth Vancouver native placed 28th in the men’s 10,000 metres at the IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene.

Hooton crossed the finish line of the 25-lap race in 31 minutes and 38.78 seconds. Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda claimed gold with a time of 28:32.86.

Tonight was the first occasion Hooton had ever represented Canada in any athletic event and he’s the only male athlete from British Columbia on the Canadian squad competing in Oregon.

His time was more than a minute better than the one he posted at the NAIA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May and just off the 31:24.92 he ran on March 30 at the UBC Open, which made him eligible for selection to Team Canada.

Hooton’s debut for his country was an unusual one as the 10-kilometre run was accompanied by the 20-person University of Oregon Brass and Percussion Ensemble. They played an original score by conductor Brian McWhorter for the duration of the race.