Fulton brothers sign with ACCC

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May 6, 2010 - 12:00 AM

Neither one had competed in the long jump in high school before. They just made a few practice jumps before their senior track season began.
Now, both are in the top 10 in Iola High School track history in the long jump.
Aaron and Ethan Fulton or Ethan and Aaron, whichever way you see it, are sticking together a little longer. The twin brothers signed letters of intent to compete in track and field at Allen County Community College next year.
Ethan is the defending Kansas Class 4A state champion in the 110-meter high hurdles. Last May, Ethan won the state title with Aaron, who owns Iola High’s freshman record in the event, placing eighth in the state final.
“Last year I saw both of them run at the state meet and they ran pretty well so we’ve kept our eyes on them,” said Clinton Fletcher, ACCC head track coach.
“Ethan and Aaron are two of the better athletes at Iola High and we’re always looking to attract the best athletes we can to Allen County.”
Fletcher said he was pleased that the brothers decided to stay at home and compete for Allen County. He said both should be able to compete well in events at the college level.
“I see them scoring points and making it to the nationals for us,” Fletcher said.
Ethan is Iola High’s 110-meter hurdle record holder. He just ran 14.33 seconds at Burlington High’s Invitational Tuesday. His winning time at the state meet last year was 14.86 seconds.
Ethan also is the defending Southeast Kansas League champion in the high hurdles. His best long jump distance this season is 22 feet, 6 inches, which puts him in the fourth spot on the IHS honor roll.
Aaron qualified for the 2009 Class 4A state meet in the javelin and finished 14th. Now, he is just over three feet from tying or breaking the Iola High record for the javelin.
The javelin specifications were changed several years ago. Iola has school records for both javelin categories.
Aaron won the javelin event at Osawatomie High’s Invitational last week with a throw of 171 feet. The IHS record is 174’4” set by Brett McLean in 2002.
“Allen County has a good track program and it’s close to home,” Aaron said.
Ethan seconded it.
“We want to help them winning meets and win national championships,” Ethan said.
The brothers said going to Allen County gives them the opportunity to compete at the college level and “save some money to go on to a four-year college.”
Both Fultons compete in the high hurdles, the long jump and the javelin events for Iola High. Ethan is Iola’s top sprinter as he competes in the 100-meter dash at some meets plus both run on the Mustangs’ 4×100-meter relay team.
Aaron is undecided on a college major. Ethan plans to become a pharmacist.
They are the sons of C.L. and Rhonda Fulton.

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