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Noah Ward a leading runner in the state

Published on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2020

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When he isn’t running with his teammates at Philip Simmons High, senior Noah Ward likes to hit a favorite trail on Daniel Island.

Running solo, Ward enjoys listening to some rap music in his headphones while he logs somewhere around nine or 10 on foot.

成人自拍视频He runs pretty much every single day.

Earlier in September Ward participated in a small invitational on Pawley’s Island called Run the Stables. He placed first in the 5k with a time of 15:07 for a 5k – which was his personal best as well.

He is one of the top runners in the state; that time placed him second in the state overall.

成人自拍视频This athlete excels in cross country and track and currently has his sights set on running individually on a national level – but in addition to personal wins, he is anxious for some team wins in his last year of high school.

Running start

成人自拍视频Ward played soccer until he was about 12 years old and then got into cross country as a way to get in shape for soccer. He turned out to be an exceptional runner and even ended up qualifying for the Junior Olympics a few times.

成人自拍视频Ward ran for Hanahan High’s varsity cross country team as an eighth-grader. When he started his freshman year at Philip Simmons High he was the only member of cross country – but he wanted a team and ended up getting his friends involved.

成人自拍视频“It’s really hard to do cross country…without a team,” he said, alluding to his previous experience with Hanahan. “I saw how important a team was and how much better it makes it.”

Philip Simmons High cross country Coach Josh Michael said quite literally without Ward, there may not be a cross country team at Philip Simmons High; what started as a small group of friends running together quickly developed in to one of the preeminent programs in the lowcountry, he said.

成人自拍视频“Noah is a supremely gifted athlete and runner,” Michael said. “His ability to pair this with an equally impressive dedication and work ethic has resulted in his ascension to the top of the high school running world.

成人自拍视频“Noah's dedication to perfecting his craft will allow him to reach his lofty goals both this year and beyond. Noah is truly a pleasure to coach as he takes an active role in his development as a student and athlete,” Michael said.

In cross country, Ward also runs under the direction of coaches Emma Santor and Danny Hernandez; the latter also coaches him in track, along with Coach Bill Muhn.

Santor said Ward is a runner who always dedicated to the team.

“Although he is number one, he always makes an effort to make his teammates feel special and important,” she said. “His humbleness and hard work are very admirable and I feel lucky to get to watch him run his senior year.”

Ward repeated as the Class AA state champion in cross country in November 2019 – a title he is working toward right now.

In addition to participating in cross country, Ward particularly enjoys track in the spring semester. He has five additional individual titles in track: the 800 meter in 2019; the 1600 meter in 2017, 2018 and 2019; and the 3200 meter in 2019.

Last semester the school’s track team was projected to win the State title until the pandemic interfered.

成人自拍视频Muhn said his hopes for Ward this year are to win four state titles in the 800 meter, 1600 meter, 3200 meter and 4x800 relay, leading the track team to a team championship.

“Not only is Noah an extremely talented athlete, but he is the hardest working athlete I have coached in my career,” Muhn said.

The cross country team has a chance to win a team title this year; as many titles as he has one, Ward is still missing a team championship.

Cross country coaches said the team has been working since June on achieving that goal and it will all come down to Ward’s final high school cross country race at the State Championship Meet on Nov. 7.

“Probably the biggest goal is to win State as a team,” Ward said.

成人自拍视频Part of the students’ training to not run very fast at the start of the year, but by the time State rolls around they should be feeling a little more “fresh”.

Santor said the team continues to improve in all aspects as the meets go on and their times are only getting faster.

“I have big hopes for an amazing season,” she said.

On an individual level, Ward really wants to break 15 minutes for the 5k and qualify for Foot Locker Cross Country Championships, a goal he has had since seventh grade. There are four different regions in the country, and if he makes top 10 for this region he has a shot at the national race in San Diego.

Beyond PSH

成人自拍视频Ward is the son of Alicia and Justin Ward. He has a younger sister at Philip Simmons and an older brother at the University of South Carolina. The family resides on Daniel Island.

成人自拍视频He thanks his coaches, family and friends for their continued support in his high school career.

He said he is going to miss his teammates and coaches when he graduates. Ward has communicated with a number of colleges including the University of Virginia, Georgetown University and Duke University. He has not selected a school yet. He is leaning toward studying business and finance.

However, he said he will miss his team and high school when it comes time to leave.

“I love Philip Simmons High,” he said. “It’ll be weird getting to a new atmosphere.”