Earlier today, declarations for the men's and women's NCAA D2 Outdoor Championships were released. Notably absent from the entries was Lee University's Christian Noble, a distance running megastar who has put together one of the most impressive careers in Division Two history, specifically this past winter and spring.
This spring, Noble ran 3:36.00 for 1500 meters and 13:24.78 for 5000 meters. The former mark broke the old Division Two record of 3:37 while the latter mark now sits at NCAA #2 all-time in Division Two by roughly two seconds.
This past winter, Noble ran the NCAA D2 mile record of 3:56.10 and also ran the NCAA D2 3k record of 7:50.98. The catch? He ran both of those times on the same day, just 90 minutes apart.
Noble also boasts a recent 800 meter personal best of 1:49.95 as well as a huge steeplechase mark of 8:35.73, the latter of which sits at NCAA #7 all-time.
This past winter, Noble won the DMR national title with a sub-3:55 anchor split and later won the men's open mile before being surprisingly disqualified. He later finished 6th in the men's 3000 meters, his third race of the meet.
In 2021, Noble won both the 3k national title and the 5k national title at the NCAA Indoor Championships, both times defeating Grand Valley State superstar Isaac Harding en route to gold.
Between cross country and track, Noble has amassed seven All-American honors, including his three national titles.
With that kind of resume, Noble might go down as the greatest D2 distance runner ever.