E&S track standout Tehya Noell ready for Penn Relays

Tehya Noell, an Engineering and Science track standout, competes in the 300-meter hurdles, 100, 200, 400 meters, and long jump to name a few. —PHOTO BY ABDUL R. SULAYMAN, TRIBUNE CHIEF PHOTOGRAPHER

The Penn Relays will be loaded with some great high school track and field athletes from April 24-26. Tehya Noell, an Engineering and Science track standout, is certainly one of them. Noell is one of the most versatile scholastic athletes from the city who will be running at Franklin Field. Noell competes in the 300-meter hurdles, 100, 200, 400 meters, and long jump to name a few.

The 5-4 senior is doing a terrific job with the 300-meter hurdles. She recently clocked a 43.84 in this event. However, she will be running on two relay teams at the Penn Relays.

“I’m looking forward to coming to the Penn Relays,” Noell said. “I’ll be running the 4x100 and 4x400 relays. The other events really help me prepare for the relays like the 100 meters helps with the 4x100 and the 300 hurdles helps with the stamina for the 4x400. These events help you get over the finish line. The 300 meter hurdles has been my best event.”

Noell has done extremely well in a relatively short period of time competing in track and field. She started her athletic career in gymnastics before deciding to concentrate on track and field.

“I started running track in ninth grade,” Noell said. “Coach Ray [Womack, E&S head coach] got me started. I told my mom I wanted to run track. She thought it might be a little too much. I kind of held off on it. Then, she talked to Coach Ray and she said I could try it to see if I like it.”

Noell has enjoyed in competing in track and field. In fact, her sprinting talents has garnered a lot of interest from several Division I schools. According to Noell, she has received interest from Alabama State, Delaware, Boston University, California University and Morgan State.

“Tehya has done really well,” Womack said. “She has imroved each year. She’s a real hard worker. Tehya has run really well with the 300 hurdles. She’s been jumping well. Tehya has also done well off the field. She’s a great student. She has a 3.87 GPA. She scored 28 on the ACT and 1,100 on the two part SAT. She’s in the medical program at Engineering and Science. It’s been a good year for her. She’s going to run on our relay teams at the Penn Relays. She’ll have a chance to run down there on the 4x100 and 4x400.”

Noell will have an opportunity to showcase her talents in front of a lot of people at one of the nation’s biggest track and field carnivals.

Contact Staff Writer Donald Hunt at (215) 893-5719 or dhunt@phillytrib.com.

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