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Madison Fuller '19 and Daniel Harris (F)

May 24, 2019

Madison Fuller '19 and Daniel Harris (Head Coach, Boys' and Girls' Track) were featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on 05.24.19, in a story about Fuller's recovery from a sports injury and her participation in this Saturday's state championship: "Daniel Harris eyed a sour apple sucker. The John Burroughs boys and girls track and field coach, Harris uses bubble gum-filled lollipops to soothe or celebrate. When things are good grape is the choice. When things aren't so good it's cherry. Sour apple usually doesn't make it out of the bag but these are unusual circumstances. Three years worth of work are in jeopardy and there's nothing Harris can do about it. Burroughs senior sprinter Madison Fuller is returning to the state meet for the first time since 2016. Then a freshman sensation, Fuller powered her way to Class 3 championships in the 100- and 200-meter dashes. When she walked off the track that day, Fuller had no idea how hard it would be to make her way back to the state meet. 'I had high hopes for the coming years, but it hit a couple of lows,'  Fuller said. Fuller tore her hamstring early in her sophomore season and was unable to compete. She and the Burroughs coaching staff made some adjustments to her training regimen with the hopes it would help her remain healthy as a junior. It nearly worked. With an emphasis on rest and recovery during the season, Fuller made it through the district meet. She advanced to the sectional meet and qualified for the state in the 100. While running a relay for the Bombers at the sectional, Fuller reinjured her hamstring. She scratched out of the 200 and was unable to compete the following week at the state meet for the second consecutive season. Fuller came all the way back only to have another obstacle stand in her way. 'There was a low point that you hit when you're injured that you really want to be out there,' Fuller said. 'I knew with all the recovery work I was going to do that I was going to get better and look ahead and think of things like state this year, going out on a high and making sure it was what I dreamt it would be.' The 5-foot-9 Fuller has given herself that opportunity. Healthy this spring, she dominated at the district and sectional meets as she swept all three of her open events. At the sectional she set personal records in the 100 (11.71 seconds), 200 (24.13) and 400 (56.33). She is at the peak of her powers headed into this weekend's state championship meet. Only Saturday's state championship meet isn't the meet Fuller spent the last year preparing for. When a tornado caused significant damage to Jefferson City High's Adkins Stadium late Wednesday night, it forced the state meet to be moved. The Missouri State High School Activities Association devised an alternate plan that split the Class 3, 4 and 5 state meets between three different sites and turned the normal two-day schedule into a one day. A revised schedule was released Thursday afternoon that included preliminary races for the 100 and 200 with about a 20-minute rest period between. Instead of racing four times Saturday, Fuller will have to run six times. Which is why Harris was considering that sour apple sucker. 'It's vastly different than what (the athletes) were prepared to do,' Harris said. The revised schedule has put Harris in a twist. Fuller put in so much time and worked tirelessly to earn her chance to compete at the state meet. But her long-term health is Harris' primary concern. Fuller also has a college career to consider as she signed with Vanderbilt in the fall. Fuller and Harris will have to weigh how she feels in the moment against the bigger picture and see where they land. 'Every athlete wants to accomplish what they set out to accomplish,' Harris said. 'It will be an event by event decision.' Saturday will test Fuller in ways no one expected. She went to Harris early on and asked what he thought about adding the 400 to her repertoire. He wasn't exactly enthused about putting more on Fuller's plate, but he understood why she wanted to try. 'I think it's why she asked of me what she asked,' Harris said. "'Coach can I really become that workhorse sprinter? I want to prove I am resilient enough to overcome what has been the injury bug the last two years to do something special as I head on in my collegiate career." Who would I be to get in the way of that?' Fuller's goal is to sweep all three of her open events while her teammate, sophomore Kylie Goldfarb, takes a shot at winning the 800 and 1,600. Goldfarb is the top seed in both. Goldfarb and Fuller then will join forces on the Burroughs 1,600-meter relay team in the last race of the meet. Should the Bombers dynamic duo accomplish their goal, a state trophy is in their future. They might even have an outside shot at defending their team championship." Read the whole story here