Noland to run for Vincennes

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By Larry Goffinet

TELL CITY—Jamal Noland, a 2009 Tell City graduate, has decided to accept an offer to run for Vincennes University’s men’s track team.

VU Coach Chris Gafner recruited him after seeing him run the 100-meter dash in the IHSAA regional last spring. He plans to have Noland run the 200 and 400 and possibly participate in the long jump or high jump.

Tell City Coach Chris Hollinden and assistant coach Zac Hartz both said the 200 was Noland’s best event. But he did not get to run it in the regional, as he was disqualified after a false start in that event in the sectional.

Noland won all four of his events in the PAC meet, including taking the 200 in 22.46 seconds, second best on Tell City’s all-time honor roll.

Hollinden said he thinks Noland will fit in well on the Trail Blazers, who have won the last five NJCAA Region 12 championships.

“As far as two-year colleges, their team is the best you’ll find around,” said Hollinden. “And looking at their times, Jamal’s got a shot to be a postseason runner for them.”

Noland said he thinks he is capable of running the 200 in less than 22 seconds. Vincennes’ school record in that event is 20.84 set in 1979.

Noland plans to major in computer networking technology.

He is not receiving an athletic scholarship but will receive full financial aid.

Hollinden said he thinks another 2009 Tell City graduate, Alex Fenn, will join the Trail Blazers as a distance runner.