36 facts about UC's track & field and cross country history that you probably didn't know.
A former UC record holder in the 60 meter hurdles, Brandon Hon enters his seventh season as an assistant coach for his alma mater. Hon's responsibilities range from recruiting coordinator, coaching the hurdles and sprint events and overseeing various administrative duties.
In his second year as a recruiting coordinator, Hon earned commitments from four prospects ranked in the Top 10 in the nation as well as five state champions.
In 2011-12, Hon coached Terrence Sommerville at the 2012 US Olympic Trials after earning All-American status that indoor season. This followed a historic 2011 campaign where Sommerville set a BIG EAST Conference record in the 110m hurdles while capturing the BIG EAST Championship title in that event. He would also be named 2011 BIG EAST Most Outstanding Performer. Terrence earned the same honors at the prestigious Drake Relays, setting a new meet record in the same event while becoming the first Bearcat to win an individual title in a track event in its 102 year history. Sommerville would go on to earn All-American status at the NCAA Championships later that spring. Terrence Sommerville is now second on the all-time list behind UC hurdle legend David Payne, who won the silver medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
In 2010, Hon mentored freshman Terrence Somerville to the second fastest time in the 60m hurdles in school history behind 2008 Olympic Silver Medalist David Payne. His performance earned him a spot at the 2010 US Indoor National Championships. Outdoors, Somerville would go on to qualified for the 2010 NCAA Championships Preliminary Round.
Under Brandon's tutelage, the men's shuttle hurdle relay team posted the sixth fastest time in UC history, while the women's shuttle hurdle relay set a new school record in the same event. The women's relay team entered last season ranked 10th in the U.S. by Track and Field News Magazine pre-season polls. All together, Hon has coached UC hurdlers to 12 school-record performances.
Hon coached 2008 Big East Indoor Champion Monica Hundley, who became the first hurdler in UC history to be ranked in the top 25 in the NCAA (indoors). She was later honored as the University of Cincinnati Women's Athlete of the Year. Hundley was also a BIG EAST runner up in the 100 hurdles during the 2008 outdoor campaign.
The past 2 seasons, Brandon Hon coached Beijing Olympic Medalist David Payne to his first US Outdoor Championships title in 2009 which led to a bronze medal finish at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany.
Post-collegiately, Hon qualified for the 2004 and 2008 US Olympic Trials Qualifier, and was a five-time US Indoor Nationals Qualifier in the 60 hurdles from 2003-07. In 2004, Hon ranked as high as 13th on the world performance list in the 60 hurdles (7.68), while ranking as high as 17th in the 110 hurdles (13.63) in 2005.
While at Cincinnati, Hon was the 2001 team MVP while becoming the Bearcats only Conference USA event champion (400 hurdles) in 2001. He was also the former school-record holder in the 60m hurdles and the shuttle hurdle relay.