Naomi Fulton (née Bong, born 1987) is an American athlete and the winner of the 2021 Twin Cities Marathon.[1][2]

In 2018, she surprised many at the Boston Marathon by finishing 18th—after not being seeded with the elite runners.[3] A month later, Fulton won the Cellcom Green Bay Half Marathon.[4][5] Fulton qualified for the 2020 United States Olympic Trials Marathon by running the Chicago Marathon in 2018.[6] Previously, she had won the Green Bay Half Marathon in 2015.[7] She was also the winner of the 2009 South Shore Half Marathon and finished in top standings in many other local races.[8][9][10]

In 2021, when the Twin Cities Marathon returned after its 2020 cancellation due to the COVID pandemic, Fulton was at the start. Although she wasn't part of the event's seeded start,[11] she gained on the leaders by the half, and then dueled with Elena Hayday before breaking away and finishing first.[12][13]

College career

Fulton was a nine-time All-American athlete for the University of Wisconsin Parkside Rangers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, from 2004 to 2008 while she studied education. The school competes in the Great Lakes Valley Conference of NCAA Division III.[14] She competed in the mile and middle-distance events, such as the 3000 meter run, and netted individual Great Lakes Valley Conference track championships.[15]

In 2006, Fulton and her cross country teammates competed at the NCAA Women's Division II Cross Country Championship in Pensacola, Florida. She finished 56th overall, and returned with her team in 2007. At the nationals course in Joplin, Missouri, she improved to 33rd overall.[16][17]

In March 2008, her senior year, she competed at the NCAA Division II Women's Indoor Track and Field Championships at Minnesota State University, Mankato in Mankato, Minnesota. In the Myers Field house, she raced to a 6th-place finish in the mile behind Jessica Pixler of Seattle Pacific.[18] Adams State won the tournament[19] and the Rangers finished 18th.[20]

In May, Fulton and her teammate Jessica Lamp again competed nationally. They both ran at the NCAA Division II Women's Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Walnut, California's Mt. San Antonio College. Fulton ran the 3,000 meter race, qualifying for the finals and taking eighth.[21][22]

High school

Along with three teammates from Arrowhead High School, Fulton won the 2002 state DI 4x800 championship, running the anchor leg to finish in 9:22.66.[23][24] She was a top-25 finisher at the state cross country championship (DI) in 2002.[25]

Personal life

Fulton lives with her husband and children in Wisconsin, where she teaches math and coaches cross country in Hartland-area schools.[26][27]

References

  1. ^ Hrapsky, Chris (3 October 2021). "Hrezi, Fulton win 2021 Twin Cities Marathon". KARE-TV. NBC. Retrieved 3 October 2021 – via YouTube.
  2. ^ "Hrezi, Fulton win Twin Cities Marathon titles". MPR News. St. Paul, Minnesota: Minnesota Public Radio. 3 October 2021. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  3. ^ Petterson, Adrianne (20 April 2018). "Top finisher: Wisconsin woman has 18th place finish at Boston Marathon". WISN-TV. ABC. Retrieved 8 October 2021 – via YouTube.
  4. ^ Venci, Scott (17 May 2015). "Wisconsin runners dominate Cellcom Green Bay Marathon". Sports. The Green Bay Press-Gazette. Green Bay, Wisconsin: USA Today. p. 1C.
  5. ^ "2018 Boston Marathon results - Top 100 women". Boston Globe. 2018. Retrieved 6 October 2021.
  6. ^ Vry, Delainie (26 October 2018). "Local teacher makes Olympic trials". TMJ4-TV. NBC.
  7. ^ McMahon, Todd (21 May 2018). "Amenya, Moeller win Green Bay Marathon". Sports. The Green Bay Press-Gazette. Green Bay, Wisconsin: USA Today. p. 1C.
  8. ^ Held, Tom (11 April 2009). "South Shore 'rookies' take half-marathon titles". Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: USA Today.
  9. ^ Ken Young; Andy Milroy, eds. (2019). "Naomi Fulton". Mattole Valley, California: Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  10. ^ "Naomi Fulton". Monaco: World Athletics. 2020. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  11. ^ "Twin Cities Marathon and 10 Mile Seeded Start List" (PDF). St. Paul, Minnesota: Twin Cities in Motion. 27 September 2021. Retrieved 27 September 2021.
  12. ^ Blount, Rachel (3 October 2021). "Hrezi, Fulton win Twin Cities Marathon titles". Star Tribune. Minneapolis, Minnesota. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  13. ^ "Mohamed Hrezi, Naomi Fulton Win 2021 Twin Cities Marathon". WCCO-TV. Minneapolis, Minnesota: CBS. 3 October 2021. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  14. ^ "Former Parkside Cross Country Runners to Compete at US Olympic Marathon Trials". University of Wisconsin Parkside Athletics. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  15. ^ "Woman's Track: GLVC Indoor Track Championships". Sports. The Times. Woman’s Indoor Track Championships, Naomi Fulton first in the mile (4:55.04). Munster, Indiana. 2 March 2008. p. B11.CS1 maint: others (link)
  16. ^ "Parkside women satisfied with showing". Sports. The Journal Times. Racine, Wisconsin. 19 November 2006. p. 5B.
  17. ^ "All-American Lamp sets UW-P school record". Sports. The Times. Munster, Indiana. 18 November 2007. p. C3.
  18. ^ "Lamp, Fulton run to D-2 honors". Sports. Kenosha News. Kenosha, Wisconsin: United Communications Corporation. 16 March 2008. p. C3.
  19. ^ Jagerson, Chris (18 March 2008). "Intense Championships Ignite Spring Fever". Sports. The Reporter. Mankato, Minnesota. p. 11.
  20. ^ "Indoor Track and Field: Woman's NCAA DII Championship" (PDF). Indianapolis, Indiana: NCAA. 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  21. ^ "UW-Parkside's Lamp takes second at D-2 national meet". Sports. Kenosha News. Kenosha, Wisconsin: United Communications Corporation. 25 May 2008. p. C3.
  22. ^ "Indoor Track and Field: Woman's NCAA DII Championship" (PDF). Indianapolis, Indiana: NCAA. 2008. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  23. ^ Badzinski, Joel (5 June 2004). "Bright Futures". Sports. La Crosse Tribune. La Crosse, Wisconsin: River Valley Media Group. p. D1.
  24. ^ "WIAA Track & Field State Championships - 6/4/2004 to 6/5/2004". Steven's Point, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. 5 May 2004. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  25. ^ "WIAA State Cross Country Meet". Steven's Point, Wisconsin: Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association. 2 November 2002. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  26. ^ "Naomi Fulton". Arrowhead Union High School District. 2021. Retrieved 4 October 2021.
  27. ^ Jackel, Peter (20 June 2015). "2015 Lighthouse Run: Fulton finds zone in hectic day". The Journal Times. Racine, Wisconsin: Lee Enterprises. Retrieved 4 October 2021.