Senior Janelle Noe wrapped up the NCAA Track and Field Championships Saturday with an 11th-place finish in the 1500m.
Noe crossed the line in 4:20.37 and was named Second-Team All-America following the race in Eugene, Ore.
With her finish, Noe claimed the best finish by a Rocket in the NCAA Championships since April Williams took eighth in the triple jump in 2007.
“I can’t feel anything but immense pride for what she’s accomplished this season,” Head Coach Linh Nguyen said. “For what she’s done this year, it’s been a dream season really, and I told her this morning that if we walk away from here and she finished last in the race today, we’re going to walk away happy and smiling. There’s no other way you can look at it; it was a huge success.
“Nothing’s given and I think she, more than anyone, knows that nothing beyond today is guaranteed,” Nguyen added. “I just want her to stay healthy. If she stays healthy and trains consistently, then I think she can do special things next year.”
Noe’s 4:10.83 time from Thursday qualified her for the USA Track and Field Championships. A decision whether or not she will participate will be made soon.