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Fulks inks to run at Shawnee St.

Fairland Lady Dragons’ senior Emmy Fulks signed a letter-of-intent to run cross country and track at Shawnee State University. Attending the signing ceremony were: seated from left to right, brother Clay Fulks, mother Doreen Fulks, Emmy, father Frank Fulks, and twin sister Elly Fulks; standing from left to right, aunt Tara Landers and grandmother Glenda Dillon. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Fairland Lady Dragons’ senior Emmy Fulks signed a letter-of-intent to run cross country and track at Shawnee State University. Attending the signing ceremony were: seated from left to right, brother Clay Fulks, mother Doreen Fulks, Emmy, father Frank Fulks, and twin sister Elly Fulks; standing from left to right, aunt Tara Landers and grandmother Glenda Dillon. (Kent Sanborn of Southern Ohio Sports Photos)

Jim Walker

jim.walker@irontontribune.com

 

PROCTORVILLE — Some people feel the need to plan out everything. They like to stay on a schedule.

Not Emmy Fulks.

“Spur of the moment. Whatever comes up, I do it,” said Fulks.

The “spur of the moment” attitude is what brought her to the Fairland Lady Dragons cross country program and — ironically — set her up with a education plan for the future.

Fulks attended Symmes Valley but there was not cross country program.

“I just decided to come. My friend Abby got me into running and then I was running every day so I decided I might as well do something with it,” said Fulks.

Even though the idea of switching schools came quickly, it didn’t come easy. For the first time in her life, she would have to be separated from her twin sister Elly.

“It was tough,” said Emmy.

But the decision proved fruitful as Fulks signed on Thursday to run cross country and run track for Shawnee State University.

And even that choice had a “spur of the moment” feel.

“I talked to a few Kentucky schools, but I really wasn’t interested so I didn’t pursue them,” said Fulks.

“Some of my friends were going (to Shawnee State) so I said I might as well.”

At Symmes Valley, Fulks played basketball and was a cheerleader. Even though she was distance running on her own, the adjustment to a high school program was quite a transition.

“Cross country is very different stamina. I’m used to running down the court once and being done and not running for miles,” said Fulks.

“I thought I’d like running and then I came here. I was used to taking a drink of water every mile and here the first day I drank out of a puddle on the side of the road. Seriously. I didn’t know what to expect. It was a hot summer day.”

Fulks was a member of the Lady Dragons’ cross country team that won the Ohio Valley Conference meet, finished third in the Division II district and qualified for the regional meet as she posted times of 24:10.13 and 24:29.19, respectively.

Cross country may be relatively a new activity for Fulks, she said it has become part of her daily routine.

“It’s more of a habit now. It’s harder to talk yourself out of it than to talk yourself into it,” said Fulks.

In track, Fulks is a member of the 4×800 and 4×400 relay teams. She also runs the 800 and occasionally the 300 hurdles and the 4×200 relay.

“Whatever needs done,” said Fulks.

Although Fulks was only part of the program for two years, Fairland coach Chuck Wentz said she made an impact in her short tenure.

“Having her for two years was a little rough coming in. She came in on a pretty good team a couple of years ago and she worked her way into the top seven and then worked her way up this year and had a lot to do with us winning the conference and making it to the regionals in cross country,” said Wentz.

“I think she’ll qualify for the regionals in track this year. Hopefully, our 4-by-8 will make it out, maybe our 4×4. She’s a team player.”

Fulks plans to major in social work with a possible minor in criminal justice.

“I just want to counsel people or find homes for foster kids,” said Fulks.

Emmy is the daughter or Doreen Fulks and Frank Fulks.