Running for the Prize
Posted by Paula Paine on September 4, 2013 in Athletics, "Current Students", "School of Business", "The College", "Your OU"
Junior Chelsea Fullerton runs a good race. As an Ottawa University cross country and track and field athlete, she has qualified for nationals four times. But the prize she’s after doesn’t hang around her neck. Instead, it’s a badge of excellence she seeks in everything she does. “Chelsea is an amazing young lady who exceeds expectations everyday academically, athletically and socially,” says Head Cross Country Coach Kirk Wren. “She works diligently to accomplish her goals as a student athlete by using excellent social skills, written and oral communications and an outstanding personality. I’m glad she is here at Ottawa getting a quality education and running cross country, indoor track and outdoor track.” In addition to being a four-time national NAIA qualifier (twice in cross country; twice as a marathon qualifier), she holds the school record for both the half-marathon and marathon. She is a two-time All-KCAC runner in cross country, three-time All-KCAC runner in indoor track, and a two-time All-KCAC runner in outdoor track. She has been part of an Academic All-American Team six times and is an NAIA Scholar Team Athlete. Chelsea is a Presidential Scholar who has maintained a 4.0 GPA during her first two years at OU, being awarded the Medal of Excellence in The College’s recent convocation ceremony.
This past summer, Chelsea worked as the assistant wrangler in the equine program at the Ottawa Methodist summer camp, Camp Chippewa. She worked directly with another OU grad and current instructor, Equine Program Director James Rickner (’10, ’12 MBA). “I loved camp,” says Chelsea. “It is the best job I have had up to this point. The interaction with the kids, what I learned about working with horses, what I learned about myself, and the growth in my faith made it the perfect summer job.” From El Dorado, Kansas, Chelsea was recruited by Coach Wren but ultimately came to OU because she fell in love with the school and felt that God called her here. Besides her year-round involvement in two sports, she is involved in student activities such as Fellowship of Christian Athletes and Braving Discipleship. She is also a second-year resident assistant. Chelsea is pursuing her bachelor’s in economics and accounting with a minor in mathematics. While she isn’t certain what she plans to do following graduation (maybe a master’s degree in agricultural economics), it is almost certain that she will excel at whatever she decides to pursue.