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Kyra Fuller is set for her final season as a Lady Bronco. (Staff photo by Shelly Holinsworth)
 


By Trey Hunter
Mustang Times
Staff Writer

Being a track star, high school senior and having nothing but dreams on your mind is the description of most 18-year old athletes.

However, most athletes aren’t Kyra Fuller.

Fuller is a standout runner for Mustang’s cross country squad, a member of the track team and a student focused on reaching the college level  and running for a certain team in Stillwater, Okla. But just like any athlete going into their senior season, staying grounded and focused is a bit more challenging than it seems.

“You know, sometimes when I get letters from colleges and start thinking about the future, I get pretty nervous,” Fuller said. “I haven’t opened most of the letters I have received because for the most part, I’m really just focused on what’s in front of me this season.”

Fuller finished fourth at the state cross country meet last year and the Lady Broncos pulled in a runner-up finish as a team. This year poses new challenges and a different group, but Fuller thinks her team has a great opportunity to reach the next level and capture that state championship.

“We have a lot of younger girls this year and we’ve really been working hard so far this offseason,” Fuller said. “My goal this year is to become more of a leader for our younger group and help push them. If I can do that and some of the younger girls step up, there’s no reason why we can’t step up and win a state championship this year.”

Currently, the cross country teams run on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays at Wild Horse Park in Mustang. Longtime boys coach, Mike McGarry and new girls coach, Vickie Bailey, push the girls with early morning runs, starting as early as 7 a.m. That’s a commitment, however, Fuller is more than ready to take on.

“I love running,” Fuller said. “It helps motivate me and push me in everything I do. It has taught me discipline and being around coach (McGarry) has taught me a lot. He and coach Bailey push us and motivate us. They read us speeches and tell us stories. But the one thing that sticks out to me the most is when coach McGarry told us to run like won’t be able to walk or run tomorrow. That really helps push us when we need it.”

Fuller not only pushes herself in the field, she also pushes herself in the classroom. She describes herself as “quiet” and explains she wants to attend Oklahoma State University and run at the collegiate level.

“I would love to run for OSU,” Fuller said. “That’s really one of my goals outside of winning state this year. I’m working in the classroom to be able to enroll there and hopefully I’ll be able to join the team too. That’s definitely one of my dreams.”

Outside of school work, running and dreaming, Fuller is an avid gamer. Her game of choice? Call of Duty of course.

“I’m really good,” Fuller said. “I play all the time with the guys on the boys team and I beat them every time. I don’t really get into other games, I just like beating everybody in that really.”

Whether it is games, school, track or cross country, Fuller explains she only has one thing she thinks about during a race and competition. And it’s ultimately fitting going into her senior year.

“I focus on what’s in front of me,” she said. “And I focus on finishing.”


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