MAOTW: Noah Molina, junior cross country runner

The Beacon: Male Athlete of the Week Oct. 13 to Oct. 19 Why Noah Molina was selected: At the Hood College Open, Molina was the top Colonel finisher with a 28th-place finish in the 8k. He ran a season-best 27:59, recording the 12th-best mark in 8k program history.


Kirsten Peters

Male Athlete of the Week: Noah Molina

Name: Noah Molina

Year: Junior

Major: Computer Science

Hometown: Scranton, Pa.

High School: West Scranton HS


Driving force for your decision to come to Wilkes?

The opportunity to obtain higher education at a private institution not too far away from my home and my family was a big factor. Being able to continue running competitively played a role in making my final decision.

Post-graduation plans in terms of a career?

I would like to work as a software engineer or in the cybersecurity field. The dream has always been to work for Google or Microsoft.

Favorite building on campus?

UCOM. It hosts the indoor track and  Starbucks.

What came first? The chicken or the egg?

I am a firm believer the chicken came first.

Hopes for this season as a Colonel?

I would like to place in the top half of the teams at the MAC Championship this year. Last year, we placed ninth out of 16 teams, so I’d like to place eighth or better as a team.

When/Why did you first begin playing?

My freshman year of high school a couple of friends convinced me to try out for cross country. After my first cross country race, I knew it was a sport meant for me.

Favorite thing to do during practice?

I like Sunday long-runs after a meet. It’s a good way to destress and just zone out. Sometimes our coach takes us off-campus to Frances Slocum State Park or Lake Scranton to run the local trails and gives us new scenery to admire on the early morning run.

If you had to choose one thing about your program that you could improve, what would it be?

Add a track program for the spring to have consistent training during the year.

Other interests or hobbies off of the field?

I enjoy learning new things, especially about computers and cars.

Most influential person(s) in your life?

My mother. She is the stongest person I know and has taught me so many valuable lessons. She has always been my No. 1 supporter in all my endeavors.

If you could have dinner with a famous person from the past, who would it be?

Steve Jobs.

Favorite Professor?

Dr. Harrison. While having a quality sense of humor, he is one of the most intelligent minds I’ve encountered.

Coke or Pepsi?

Neither, I’d opt for Dr. Pepper.

Favorite meal to eat on campus?

Omelettes for breakfast at the SUB.

A quote you live your life by?

“To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice the gift.” – Steve Prefontaine

What does “Be Colonel” mean to you?

To “Be Colonel” is to lead by example. It means to always strive to be the best version of yourself and to be a leader that elevates those around him.

Anyone to give a shout-out to?

Shout out to my mom, she’s the real MVP.

-Compiled by Kirsten Peters, Co-Sports Editor