Slippery Rock University outdoor men’s track standout, Noah Bostick, was recently named the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year for this past 2014-2015 indoor track season.
Bostick won the PSAC title in the heptathlon, an achievement he says is one of his greatest accomplishments. His score of 4,994 points from all seven events is his best score yet, and earned him All-Region honors for having a top five mark in the Atlantic Region.
An Exercise Science major from North Hills High School, Bostick said that another one of his greatest accomplishments was making the Dean’s List during his very first semester at Slippery Rock. Looking back on his high school career, he was extremely involved in athletics.
Aside from competing in hurdles and jumping events in track and field, he also participated in soccer, diving and volleyball. He had great success in each from lettering in each, winning WPIAL All-Section honors for soccer and volleyball and all the way to winning a bronze medal in the 2014 PIAA diving competition and gold medal in the 2014 WPIAL diving competition.
“With Noah’s wide variety of track events in high school and his natural build, he makes a perfect fit for a multi-event athlete,” SRU multi coach William Jordan said. “His physical awareness of his body on top of being an adaptive athlete gives him an advantage also.”
Although Bostick’s recognition was for the heptathlon, he also performed notably in individual events on the track with the sixth best high jump clearance, 11th best 60 meter hurdle time, 11th best long jump mark and 19th best pole vault clearance in the conference during the indoor season. He is already having success in his outdoor season, as he currently has the third best 110 meter hurdle time and 11th best long jump mark in the conference.
“I think that if Noah could put all of his best performances from the indoor season together, he would have a lot of success,” Jordan said. “All of this is a learning curve for him, but he has definitely exceeded our expectations.”
He also is sitting at first in the decathlon among all PSAC multi athletes.
“Going into my first outdoor season and looking back ahead to my future in track and field here at Slippery Rock University, I am hoping to hit the national provisional mark from here on out,” Bostick said. “Also, my goal is ultimately to win nationals in both indoor and outdoor track seasons.”
Both Jordan and SRU head coach John Papa agree that Bostick is a phenomenal athlete with great potential.
“Noah has quite a bit of talent mixed with hard work and great coaching from our multi coach, Bill Jordan,” Papa said. “Noah already, as a freshman, has become an impact athlete in the PSAC.”
Bostick said the best piece of advice he ever received showed him to take his time and enjoy life.
“Be in each moment and don’t rush through life,” Bostick said. “Appreciate each day because this is the time of our lives and it is going to be over before we know it.”