Morgan High won both the boys and girls region championships in track last week. Having covered track for the past three years before Jesse took over as the sports reporter, I took a few minutes to catch up with head coach Brennen Fuller and get his thoughts as he celebrated Morgan’s historic double region championship!
When asked how he felt about the girls winning their first region title in eight years and his first as coach, Fuller responded, “This was one of the most special moments in my coaching career. We have been experiencing success in our boys programs for the last few years, but our girls have just come up a little short.”
“I told the girls at our Pre-Region dinner,” he continued, “that it’s been so hard celebrating every year and looking over at the girls and seeing the look on their faces as the boys celebrate year after year, but I continued on, ‘This year, this year is different!’”
“They worked so hard and put themselves into a position to win Region,” Fuller explained. “I knew Judge would make a run at it with us, and it would come down to who has the best day. If we come out and each girl would run, jump, or throw her PR, we should be able to pull it off.”
“The best part is they did even better than we actually expected,” he enthusiastically shared.
“Girls stepped up in every area including two new school records. The girls’ team of Annie Rowlan, Niyah Cragun, Capri Jones, and Kenadee Stout broke the 4×100 meter school record with a time of 50.79, and Logan Duran crushed the school long jump record that was 16’11” with 17’6.25”!”
He summarized, “We also had a couple girls that were two-event winners as well. Abbie Cox won the 100 and 300 Hurdles, and Marcie Jo Stapley won the Shot Put and Discus. Millee Breshears was also an individual region champ in Javelin.
“On the boys’ side, it was sort of a blow out from the beginning,” Fuller assessed. “We have quite the deep team with boys getting points in every event. We won first place in 11 events at Region with Jakob Lenthe in the 100 and 200 meter; Karson Coker in the 400; Ryan Devries with the double win in both hurdles; all the relay teams won; Dillon Petty was the double winner in Shot and Disc; and Bremmer Bennett in Javelin!”
“It is fun to see the hard work of some boys five years ago when we started this thing build into something of a dynasty,” he fondly reflected. “Success breeds success, and we have seen new boys come in every year and want to be a part of what we have built over the last years.”
“And one last thing I want to mention about Region,” Fuller added, “is the school record breaking throw of 52’ by Dillon Petty in Shot Put! He threw so far he hit the grass outside of our shot put pit!Our team set three new school records at Region this year!”
“It was fun to celebrate something that has never been done in Morgan High School History—winning both boys’ and girls’ Region Championships in the same year!” he enthused. “I’m so proud of our athletes and grateful for the best coaching staff in the state: Bryan Weir, Blake Nagel, and Michelle Wilkinson—without whom this would not be possible!”
“We are excited for State next week and definitely think we have a shot to be top two in both boys and girls.We hope to go in and surprise some teams!” he concluded.