By Shawn Roney-For The Richmond News
Samantha Fulte wants to outdo herself.
In 2012, Fulte placed in two events at the Class 1 state track and field meet. In 2013, she qualified in three of the four events in which she competed. This season, the Orrick junior wants to qualify in all four of them: the long and high jumps, the 100-meter high hurdles and 300 intermediate hurdles.
Fulte – who placed second at state in the triple jump and third in the 100 hurdles last season – “just missed going to state” in the 300 hurdles last season, she recalled during an interview at Saturday’s I-70 Conference championships in Higginsville. She likes her chances of going 4-for-4 this time.
“(I’m) running faster this year,” Fulte said. “And, of course, some people from last year have graduated.”
Orrick boys and girls track coach Jenny Miller, who recently took over the program, also likes Fulte’s chances, based on the short time she’s worked with Fulte.
“She’s probably one of the most coachable kids I have ever met in my life,” Miller said.
Miller likes Fulte’s work ethic, too.
“At practice, I have to … make her leave…. She just wants to keep going and going and going,” Miller said. “And I have to finally say, ‘You need to get out of here.’ ”
In coaching Fulte, Miller has watched Fulte set school records in the long and triple jumps and the 100 hurdles. On Saturday, Fulte broke her own long jump record, leaping 36 feet, 6½ inches to win the event.