By David Troppens
Noah Sage has had an outstanding prep career at Fenton High School.
The 2021 graduate ended his career by becoming an All-State performer with a second-place finish in the 400 meter run at the Division 1 state meet.
However, his track career has hardly begun. Sage will continue his track career at Michigan State University. Sage said he was looking at Grand Valley State University, Michigan and Michigan State.
“I did look at Grand Valley but the money wasn’t the same as Michigan State,” Sage said. “Michigan State was right for me. I talked to the coaches and loved the coaches. I talked to the guys and it seemed like it would be a perfect fit for me. The competition will be crazy.”
Sage helped the Fenton varsity boys track team capture the program’s first-ever team state championship during the spring with Sage scoring a lot of those points. He finished runner-up in the 400 (47.41) and also placed seventh in the 200 (22.58). He also teamed with Brandon Miller, Donovan Miller and Evan Koch to place second in the 800 relay (1:28.23).
Sage said he started thinking about competing at the collegiate level early in his high school career.
“I would say it was in my sophomore year,” Sage said. “My freshman year was good, but not as good as I thought it could be. I improved my times like crazy my sophomore year. ... I really enjoy the sport. I want to continue growing.”
Sage already compares well among Michigan State’s top track performers. His time of 47.41 seconds in the 400 at the state meet was better than any time posted by the Spartans this spring. The best time posted was Zach DiStefano (48.99). The MSU school record in the 400 is a 45.00 by Eliot Tabron set in 1982.
Sage’s top 200 time this season was a 21.64 at the MITCA D1 Team State Meet. MSU’s best in the 200 is a 20.54 by Tabron (1982) and Marshall Dill (1973). The best MSU time in the 200 this season was a 21.23 posted by Postell. Sage’s best 100 time this season was a 11.06, also at the MITCA Team State Meet. Postell had the Spartans’ best time in that event as well this year, with a time of 10.51.
“I realize I have a lot of work to do,” Sage said. “I’m ready to compete against the top dogs, but I have a lot of work to do and training to do. The training is way harder. The competition is ridiculous compared to high school. The state meet is good competition but by competing in the Big 10 and nationally, there’s always going to be someone better to push me to get better.”