The Canadian with arguably the best name in running, Joe Fast, will attend Princeton University in the fall. Fast went to Ridgemont High School in Ottawa, for which he won six OFSAA medals, four of them gold. With a stellar resume and already impressive personal bests, Fast will be a great addition to the Princeton team, which won the 2019 Ivy League Outdoor Championships and 2020 Indoor Championships. Fast is joined by 16 other new recruits to the men’s team, along with fellow Canadian 400m U18 champion Zachary Bowness.
Princeton’s newest recruit is going to win the next 10 NCAA titles pic.twitter.com/fAJDWZisR7
— Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) May 27, 2020
In high school, Fast won multiple OFSAA medals, taking home cross-country and 1,500m golds in Grades 9 and 10, 800m silver as a ninth grader and 3,000m silver as a junior in Grade 10. In his Grade 11 track season, he placed fifth in a 1,500m race in which nine of the 12 runners were in Grade 12 (one of whom was Josh Zelek, who finished in fourth and who will be Fast’s teammate at Princeton). Of the three 11th graders in that 1,500m final, Fast was the quickest. In the fall of 2019, his final season of cross-country, he finished fifth in the senior boys race. He boasts impressive PBs of 1:55.04 in the 800m, 3:52.42 in the 1,500m and 8:38.30 for the 3,000m.
Our men's program is thrilled to welcome 17 incredibly accomplished newcomers!
— Princeton Track/XC (@PrincetonTrack) May 26, 2020
In a press release on the Princeton athletics website, track coach Fred Samara said he’s looking forward to having Fast on next year’s roster.
“With a name like Joe Fast, I’m really excited to coach this talented young man,” he said. “Joe ran a fantastic 3:52 1,500m as a junior and I believe he will develop into an outstanding miler here at Princeton.” As for Fast, he was quoted in the press release saying he had a few reasons for choosing Princeton.
“Princeton’s success on the track and in cross-country, its team environment and the tremendous coaching makes it the ideal place to improve as a runner,” he said. “In addition, the combination of athletic and academic excellence is unparalleled at any other university.”