BOZEMAN — Montana has been known to raise some of the best runners in the country. One of them left the state last year but is now is back home and climbing the record books.
Bozeman’s Camila Noe, who ran for a semester at the University of Portland before getting injured with a stress fracture, transferred back home this spring to run for Montana State.
“I think it was the week before Christmas, I called (MSU track coach Lyle Weese) and I was like, ‘Yeah, I want to transfer,’” said Noe. “I was just really missing home and I wasn’t really liking Portland that much, mostly because of the injuries, but also new place, home sickness and everything.”
Her talents were something Bobcats head coach Lyle Weese wanted to bring to this team while she was running for the Hawks.
“Just the level she was running at in high school was just really, really elite. She had just run really well already, and I heard nothing but good things about her from teammates and coaches,” said Weese.
Elite is right. Last year at the Brooks PR Invitational in Washington, Noe ran the 3,200-meter race in 9 minutes, 54.95 seconds. That time was the fastest mark by an American girl that year and the seventh-fastest time ever run by a high school girl.
Now it’s time to bring that speed back to the Treasure State.
“I’m very happy to be back because I feel like I wasn’t done training here,” smiled Noe.
The freshman is setting new heights for MSU. In Noe’s first race as Bobcat in March, she posted the 10th-fastest time in school history in the 5,000 meters.
“I was pretty happy with it for only having been running for like a month or so, but I’m still hoping to improve upon it and hopefully get further down the list,” Noe said.
Fast forward three weeks to this past Saturday at the Mt. Sac Relay’s in Torrance, Calif. and Noe did just that. She ran a blazing 16:32.92 in the 5,000-meter race, catapulting her to third all-time in MSU history in just her second race.
Noe is extremely humble about her achievements and, like the great Treasure State runners before her, she wants to keep climbing the record books to etch her name as one of the best runners ever from Big Sky Country.
“I hope that I can do the same thing I did in high school and just carry on the Montana pride,” said Noe. “I’m glad to be back here because I can still represent Montana, which I think is super cool. So yeah, I really want to leave my mark.”