Noe to compete at the USA Outdoor Track and Field National Championships

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TOLEDO (WTVG) - Janelle Noe's season continues as she will compete at the USA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship in Des Moines, Iowa.

"I'm not going to put any pressure onto myself," Noe said. "Just go out there and see where I can finish amongst the top people. I just ran a huge (personal record) last week so I can't really expect myself to knock another ten seconds off.

"But I mean, just to run what I have, try to maybe run another 4:10ish time, but I mean I can't really think about making my goal time just to go out there and race the people I'm with and have fun doing it."

The Northview graduate qualified for the meet with her 4 minute 10.83 second time in the 1500-meter prelim at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

"It's going to be a really great experience," Rockets head coach Linh Nguyen said about the United States Track and Field Outdoor National Championship. "Obviously she had a tremendous experience at NCAAs and this is kind of just taking it up another notch. So making the finals would be amazing - it's going to be hard but it would be amazing - but otherwise just getting great experience against the best runners that America has to offer."

The strategy for the national meet in Des Moines is not final yet, but don't be surprised to see Noe make a similar move in Des Moines during the prelims with 400-meters to go in the race as she did during the prelims out in Eugene, Ore.

"You can't make times your goal because then that's the only thing your mind gets stuck on," Noe said. "So really, you just gotta go out there and race the people you're with and if that carries you on to a PR, then that's great.

"It makes it easier to not get stuck on, 'Oh I didn't run this time.' It's just you gotta go out and race the people you're with."

Noe had her first hard workout Thursday following her trip to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field National Championship.

"She said her hamstring were still a little bit sore," Nguyen said. "She had a good workout and looked good. Sometimes you just need a workout to kind of flush all that stuff out. I think she's ok. She's been having good runs, says she's feeling pretty good and getting a lot of rest this week."

Noe threw out one of the first pitches at Saturday's Mud Hens game. Now, she will work to rest her arm and especially her legs as the 1500-meter prelims take place Thursday afternoon in Des Moines at Drake University.