As a runner who overcame a severe knee injury, Summer Fulghum knows a thing or two about overcoming adversity.
That toughness should fit in well at Division II Catawba College as the senior signed her national letter of intent to run track for the Indians.
“It’s kind of crazy, I had surgery seven months ago. I kind of beat all the odds, and I came back better than ever,” an elated Fulghum said. “This was the best year I’ve had.”
An Eagle who flies wherever she is needed, Fulghum is part of Rosewood’s 4x100 and 4x200 relay teams and she also competes in the triple jump and long jump events.
Fulghum has always been noted for her combination of hard work and determination to succeed at her goals. An asthmatic, she worked tirelessly to become a stronger and faster runner.
“She’s gotten a whole lot stronger from it to the point that she’s been able to train harder. That’s why she has improved so much this year,” Rosewood track and field head coach Robert Britt said. “Summer is the type of person that when she sets a goal, she’s very self-motivated to work hard to achieve that goal.
“She reached her goals, and that’s why she’s getting the opportunity to run track at a high level.”
Britt has seen and been an essential part of her development as a student-athlete for the past four years. He’s confident that Fulghum’s success on and off the field will continue.
“She’s been a leader for our program,” Britt said. “She’s a good example for kids to follow, and she’s going to continue to get better at the next level.
“I’m very proud of her, and she’s the perfect example of what you can do when you work hard and do well in school and sports.”
When not running or working on homework, Fulghum likes to spend time painting. The winning situation at Catawba, where she plans to major in biology, was impressive to Fulghum, but she was equally enamored by the academic curriculum the school offered.
“Art is kind of my therapy,” Fulghum said. “It’s a great school, with great academics and it’s really pretty.”