Fuller caps successful indoor season with Spartans

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Annie Fuller, a 2015 Manistee High School graduate, represented Michigan State University at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships in Birmingham, Ala., over the weekend.

Fuller — now a redshirt sophomore for the Spartans — entered the women’s 1-mile as an 11 seed and finished the event in the time of 4:48.71 during Friday’s preliminaries. While the finish fell short of qualification for Saturday’s finals, Fuller’s indoor season was a huge success, considering she earned two medals at the Big Ten Indoor Championships last month in Ann Arbor.

At those conference finals, Fuller finished third in the mile with a personal-best time of 4:35.63. She also anchored MSU’s women’s distance medley, running the 1,600-meter leg and helping the team win the event with a time of 11:05.23.

Following meniscus surgery a year ago, Fuller’s future athletic endeavors were in question. Her determination and hard work through rehab efforts, however, allowed Fuller to bounce back in a big way this past fall, as she earned All-American status while running for the Spartans’ cross country team.

The collegiate success should come as no surprise to anyone who followed Fuller’s prep career with Manistee High School, as she’s easily the most decorated individual Chippewa in school history.

Fuller won seven state championships in track and set Division 3 state finals records in all four of her prep career wins in the 800-meter run.

Over the course of her career, she won all but one of the eight individual races in which she competed in the track state finals, with a second-place finish in the 1,600-meter run as a freshman being the sole exception. As a senior, Fuller was named Miss Michigan Track and Field.

Fuller was also a four-time All-State runner with two third-place finishes at the Division 3 state finals in cross country, and as a senior she led the Chippewas to their first-ever regional title in the fall of 2014.

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