“Seeing him cross the line and seeing the excitement and you could see the years of work he put in to finally reach that point, it made me want to get to that some point,” Noah said.
Shortly after the race, Noah told his mother he was going to win a state cross country meet.
“I don't know that we were able to doubt any of those goals that he set for himself,” David said. “He always set really high goals but he almost always achieved them.”
As a freshman, Noah quickly found out he was overmatched but the improvement was steady throughout his career.
As a junior, he finished as the runner-up.
Then this year, as a senior, he won.
“It was just fun to watch him accomplish it,” Mary said. “He's worked hard. He spent his summers training and has been extremely dedicated through this whole process.”
He's just as dedicated in the classroom.
A few weeks ago, Noah found out he'd been awarded a National Merit Scholarship.
“He always knew he wanted to run in college but he also knew that running scholarships were partial scholarships and there's very little money given out for runners,” Mary said. “So he also knew that the academic side was going to be very important.”
Noah will run at Oklahoma State next season. The Cowboys have won three of the last four NCAA titles. He'll also study chemical engineering at the school.
He already has big goals both in the classroom and on the course.
“To be successful, you have to set the goals and overcome the obstacles that come with them because that's what makes achieving them so special,” Noah said. “I want to continue to be persistent and set goals where they present themselves.”