Competing in three events, Mari Noble was, course, tired following last week’s FCIAC Girls Indoor Track Championships, but as she said, “it was a good tired.”
Noble captured the FCIAC title in the 1,600-meter run, placed second in the 3,200-meter event and was part of Greenwich’s 4×800-meter relay squad that claimed the second-place medal.
Now, one week later, she is set to test her stamina again at the CIAC Class LL Indoor Track Championships, which is scheduled to take place on Thursday at Floyd Little Athletic Center in New Haven at 4 p.m.
“I am really excited to race against great girls at the LL championships,” said Noble, a Greenwich junior. “It is going to be fun to race against them and see where I am at this championship season.”
At last week’s FCIAC Championships at Floyd Little Athletic Center, Noble won the mile run (1,600-meter) with a time of 5:07.99. Mairead Clas of Darien was second in 5:08.50.
“Winning the mile gave me a lot of confidence,” Noble said. “I tried to do a little bit of a different strategy. I tried to stay with the pack and then kick the last 400 or so. Last year, I was second in the event, so I was excited to be an FCIAC champion in indoor track.”
Following her victory in the mile event, Noble competed in the two-mile run (3,200-meter) and posted a second-place finish (11:14.55). Kalie Holden of Trumbull was the race’s champion (11:13.56).
“My legs were a bit tired in the two-mile race,” Noble said. “Usually I am very excited for races, but this time I was nervous, because I didn’t know how my legs were going to be. I took it out too slow and the whole pack stayed with me, then I got out-kicked at the end. I definitely put things into perspective, I had a good day at the FCIAC Championships.”
Noble tripled for the Cardinals at the FCIAC meet last week — taking part in three events (1,600, 3,200, 4×800 relay). Demi Janis, Noble, Grace Collier and Zoe Harris combined for a second-place showing of 9:34.03. Trumbull claimed the first-place medal in the event with a time of 9:26.00.
“I was exhausted at the end of the meet, but it was worth it,” Noble said. “It was a good tired. What’s nice about running in three events at championships meets is the fact that you have a goal in mind. It helps runners push themselves to the max. I ran that two-mile race to the max and feeling tired afterward was worth it. I was a little bit nervous, because I hadn’t tripled since last year.”
Noble is seeded first for Thursday’s Class LL Championships in the 3,200-meter run with a qualifying time of 10:53.59 — which she posted at this season’s Yale Classic. She is also seeded third in the 1,600 (5:07.99, last week’s FCIAC finals time). Greenwich’s 4×800 relay squad, which includes Noble, Janis, Collier and Harris is seeded first in Class LL.
“I am probably going to choose one of those two races (1,600, 3,200) at the LL meet,” Noble said. “I would love to qualify for the championship heat of two-mile and I would like to put myself in a good spot to have a PR (personal-record time) in the last few meets.”
Also for the Greenwich girls team at the Class LL meet, Harris is seeded second in the 600-meter run (1:36.33), is seeded 10th in the 1,600-meter event and Isabelle Jankovich-Ben is the No. 10 seed in the 55-meter hurdles.
Harris, a senior, finished fourth in the 600 run at the FCIAC finals, Jada Williams, also a senior, took sixth in the 300 dash, Collier, a junior, placed fourth in the 1,000 run and Victoria Liu, a freshman was seventh in the 1,600.
Greenwich is also seeded third in the 4×400 relay and sixth in the 4×200 for the Class LL meet. At the FCIAC Championships, the 4×400 squad of junior Alexa Brust, sophomore Kayla Egan, sophomore Bianca Granitto and Harris placed second in 4:12.59.
“I am really excited about what our team has to offer,” Noble said. “We have so much new talent. It is exciting to see the sport continue in its popularity and it’s nice to be a role model for the younger girls and to be on a team with so much talent.”
Last season’s Class LL finals saw Noble win the 3,200 meter race with a time of 11:06.55 for Greenwich, which placed sixth in the team standings. She proceeded to garner the first-place medal in the event at the 2019 State Open (11:00.83).
Greenwich had its winter break this week, enabling its athletes to have a bit different practice schedule leading up to the state meet.
“Having this week off has definitely helpe us,” Noble said. “I have been able to sleep in and do all the little things, like stretch and it has also been helpful in terms of getting into the mental aspect of it. You have to stay attentive to how your body feels with, especially with meets that come up week-after-week. As a team, we are all focused on running our best events and place as high as we can.”