The state of Texas is picking up yet another blue-chip high school athlete this fall with the transfer of nationally ranked hurdler Noah Green to Class 6A Duncanville High.
Green's family is moving to the Dallas area after spending a year at St. Thomas Aquinas High in Overland Park, Kansas. It was there where Green, a rising senior, continued on his path of dominance, winning his second straight championships in the 110m and 300m hurdles at the Kansas state track and field championships en route to helping his team to its second straight state title.
"As soon as I got to Great Southwest and New Balance, my times started to drop," Green said.
Texas now has five of the top 10 performers from 2016 in the 300m hurdles and four of the top 10 in the 110s.
"Just an incredibly talented and great kid," said Justin Wrigley, who is the head coach of St. Thomas Aquinas High's track team.
Green, who has also run 52.52 in the 400mH, followed his state performances with a national title in the 110m hurdles at New Balance Nationals Outdoor and added a U.S. No. 7 performance of 13.51 seconds at the USATF Jr. Olympics in July. He also owns a U.S. No. 6 effort of 36.28 in the 300m hurdles, which he accomplished at the Great Southwest Classic.
Green, who has consistently split 48-point in the 4x400 relay, also finished third at the USA Junior National Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, California, posting a time of 13.53 seconds.
"I feel like I was able to reach some of my potential this summer," Green said.
Green's father became one of Wrigley's assistant coaches over the track season and coached his son through the fall and into the spring.
"He joined XC last fall to dedicate himself to getting fit," Wrigley said. "And he was a workhorse. After he ran a few races for us, he started working on hurdle stuff with his dad, who's his event coach. He went on to take third at New Balance Nationals Indoor in the 60m.
"St. Thomas has been distance-heavy over the years and we've been soft in the sprints," Wrigley said. "But he helped rejuvenate it. He was a big spark for our team and we were pretty good."
The move to Texas presents Green's third transition in three years to a different high school. He previously raced at Blue Valley High in Stilwell, Kansas.