WHITE PLAINS – Greene senior Chad Noelle added another record to his long list of track and field accomplishments Friday at the 44th Annual Glenn Loucks Games in White Plains.
Against a top-notch field, Noelle broke the Section IV record in the 3,200 meters timing 8:56.02. It broke the record set by Johnson City’s Jeff Martinez (8:57) in 2009, and eclipsed the meet record established in 1975 by former Olympian Alberto Salazar. “It was a great run and an awesome effort,” said Greene coach Tim Paske. “He bettered himself as the defending champion of the race, and actually ran a negative split in his second mile.”
Paske said that Noelle set a pre-race goal of 67-second laps, and stayed close to that mark through the first seven laps. On the bell lap, Noelle used a strong finishing kick to run it in 59 seconds and set a personal record by eight seconds.
Noelle, who will attend the University of Oregon in the fall, now holds Section IV records in the 1,600- and 3,200-meter races. He is the defending New York State Division II champion in each event.