The More You Know: Noah Larrison

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IOWA CITY, Iowa — Noah Larrison is a hurdler and sprinter on the University of Iowa track and field team.
34524 Larrison ran personal bests in the 400 meters (48.55) at the 2017 Alex Wilson Invitational, 400-meter hurdles (50-94) at the 2018 Big Ten Championships, and 600 meters (1:17.96) at the 2016 Musco Twilight.
The Clive, Iowa native is an exercise science major.
What are you most excited for this year?
“This being my final year, it’s really hard to come up with one thing I’m most excited about. I’m excited to workout with my friends and teammates, I’m excited to compete for the university one last time, and I especially can’t wait to run Big Ten Championships in Iowa City this year. It will definitely be a good way to end my career.”
What do you want to achieve this season?
“This season my personal goal is to make it to the second round of NCAA. That means I have to be top 12 in our region. I’ve made first round every year outdoors, and I’m determined to make second. As a team, I think I can say for everyone that we want to win Big Ten. It’s the main goal this season since it’s at home and hopefully everyone’s main focus.”
What is your favorite memory as a Hawkeye?
“As a team, my favorite memory has been the spring break trip, going and staying in Arizona for a week with no school work and just being able to hang out and swim with my teammates. It is a great time! Personally, my favorite race was Florida Relays my redshirt freshman year. Coach Wakenight entered me into the meet with a faster time than I had ran, so I got put in a fast heat and was extremely nervous. I ended up winning my heat in front of a large crowd and that was probably one of the biggest confidence boosters I’ve ever had.” 
What is your best advice for the freshmen?
“Be ready to work hard. It sounds lame, but you will have some rough workouts. You won’t be doing it alone though, your teammates will be with you. When you’re all crossing the line dead tired, these will be the moments that you really remember and that take you from just teammates to family. Super cliché, but it’s true.”
If you could invite anyone to dinner, who would you choose? 
“Post Malone, the dude is hilarious with a great personality, so I think it’d be a very entertaining dinner.”
Who has been the most influential to you at Iowa?
“Coach Wakenight, I went from very little confidence and not racing well my freshman year to being able to acknowledge my ability and make outdoor NCAA first round every year I’ve been able to compete.”
If not track & field, what sport would you play?
“Honestly, some sort of ESport. I play a lot of video games in my free time and really like watching different ESports, so I’d probably try my hand at that.”
What is one thing people don’t know about you? 
“I’m a giant Pokemon nerd and have been since I was a kid.”
Who is your favorite professional athlete?
“Ashton Eaton, he’s the greatest athlete in the world. I think that speaks for itself.” 
When you’re not practicing, what is your favorite thing to do?
“I play videogames if I’m not doing homework. Been playing a lot of World of Warcraft recently. For the alliance!”
If you could choose a super power, what would you choose?
“Flight, invisibility, or to stop time. Flight because that would be sweet to fly places and not worry about traffic. Invisibility because you could play some great tricks on people. Stop time because then you would have a lot of extra time to do things, and it functions like teleportation to everyone else.”
How do you feel about pineapple on pizza?
“My favorite kind of pizza is pepperoni and pineapple, so yes please.”
What is your favorite meal? 
“Stella burger and fries, sorry Wake.”