Noble’s Elliot Freeman – Academic Athlete Presented by Republic Bank & Trust

By Derrick Smith

Student-athletes have their hands full balancing schoolwork, athletics, and a social life. While the balancing act can be difficult at times, Elliot Freeman knows what it takes to make it work.

“The way I balance school and athletics is to just go through school and get done what I need to do,” he said. “Then I go to practice, clear my mind and practice hard, then I get home and focus back on my academics. It can be pretty difficult at times, especially when I get bogged down with a lot of work.”

Freeman is a junior at Noble High School. He runs cross-country and track, which he has done for five years.

There are two people in particular who Elliot looks up to, runners Arya Bahreini and Calvin Allen.

“Arya ran with my older brother in high school and won the Oklahoma City Marathon in 2017. Calvin was a senior last year on our team and took all of us under his wing and showed us what hard work could do by earning a college scholarship.”

The highlight moment for Freeman’s career is more than just one moment.

“The highlight moment from my career is every time I set a new personal record in any race,” he said. “It is a great feeling to know that I am continually improving.”

While he has enjoyed success through his running career, Elliot says that it has not come easily.

“It takes a lot of hard work and devotion to train to be a runner.”

Outside of athletics, Freeman is also involved with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the school band. He also attends his church youth group and goes on mission trips.