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“If I come back next year, we’re going to target all the D2 records.”
If you’re not familiar with Christian Noble’s name yet that’s OK because he’s letting some of his performances do the talking for him. In the past two weeks, he set two Division II indoor track records at 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. He ran 13:37.39 on Jan. 24 in Birmingham, Alabama and then came back a few days later to run 7:51.46 for 3,000 meters. Initially, LetsRun.com reported that the NCAA wouldn’t count the 5K record because the meet used pacing lights on the inside of the track. However, they later walked back that decision and said the mark would count. Christian is the Division II leader in the mile, 3K and 5K. Get to know a little bit more about him.
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“I ran 4:10, 9:04 and 14:55 and made Footlocker. To be honest, I didn’t know anything about running. I didn’t know about Oregon or Prefontaine. I didn’t know the history of Colorado. I just started running and I liked it. I was good at it. I learned quickly. I went on a visit to Lee. They offered me a scholarship that I’m sure a lot of people wouldn’t turn down. I didn’t take any other visits after that. I committed. I came to Lee and I didn’t have success right away. It took me a while to get where I’m at…I struggled to finish workouts. Mileage I was doing 55 (miles) to 60 (miles) in my freshman year. I couldn’t get a grasp on any of the workouts we did. In my first fall season, I might have finished one or two workouts and I was working with the back group. I could not do it to save my life. But, I was racing at the front of our team. When people see my success, they don’t see I’ve struggled a lot in workouts. Now I’m at a place in the last 12 months where I’m actually training not even where I’m supposed to be. I’m probably doing workouts for like a 14-flat guy…It’s just very different. If people saw my training, they’d be like, ‘I don’t know how he does that.’”
“To be honest, I thought I was going to walk in and own it. I was like, ‘Oh D2? I’m about to be on top for the next four years.’ Nah. You get to D2 and you’re getting beat by Joe Schmo from Arizona State online, who you never even heard of. You’re like, ‘What the heck?’ In my mind, I was like, ‘I was a sub-15 guy in high school. I made Footlocker. I should be where some of the top guys were in my class.’ But it was a huge eye-opener. There were guys you’ve never heard of that you get beat by and you’re like, ‘Aw man. That sucks.’ The first two years I had to understand what was going on. Division II is just different. I’ve talked to a lot of friends in Division I so I kind of get their side of it. Obviously, I’ve never experienced that. From what I can tell it’s two very different worlds. I would not trade my experience at D2. I think I fit in very well where I’m at and with the coach I have and the atmosphere that I’m surrounded by. I’ll say I chose D2 but honestly, I was just so innocent to the sport at the time that I found myself here and I’ve thrived to an extent. I’ve thrived in the last year and a half.”
“I think the whole controversy was a little bit silly to be honest. If they’re going to have rules in place saying they’re going to follow USATF protocols, then you shouldn’t have rules that contradict each other…”
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