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NEWS: Christian Noble's 5k Collegiate Record in Jeopardy of Not Being Approved, per LetsRun

UPDATE (2/1/2021 -- 12:39pm EST)

As first reported by Jonathan Gault of LetsRun and confirmed by The Stride Report, the NCAA has approved Christian Noble's recent 5k mark of 13:37 as a D2 collegiate indoor record. The time will also count towards qualification for the NCAA Championships.

The news comes less than 24 hours after Noble ran a new D2 collegiate indoor record in the 3000 meters with a time of 7:51.


According to a recent report from, Christian Noble's recent Division II 5k collegiate record of 13:37 is currently in jeopardy of not being approved by the NCAA.

Noble's use of pacing lights during the race are technically illegal according to Rule 6, Section 4, Article 1a.4 of the NCAA Track & Field Rules Book which states, "Pacing in races by persons not participating in the same race, by lapped competitors or those about to be lapped, by competitors of the opposite gender in the same race, or pacesetting by any kind of technical device that benefits the field."

Prior to the race, meet officials were unable to identify any ruling which suggested that the lights were illegal, according to Jonathan Gault.

It should be noted that the USTFCCCA does keep track of official collegiate records while the NCAA does not. The USATF and World Athletics both allow for pacing lights in their rules.

To be clear, Noble's D2 collegiate record has not been rejected by the NCAA at the time of publication. There is still potential that it could be approved following an appeal from Lee coach Caleb Morgan. Because the record officially falls under the USTFCCCA, the point of contention may actually be whether or not Noble's time counts towards national qualifying.

You can read the full report by clicking here.


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