Monica Fusee liked where she fit in with the Grand Valley State University pole vaulters.
She’s not at the very top, but she also doesn’t figure to be near the bottom, either.
“I knew if I went to (Division I), because I could have gone D-I, I would have been lower and had to work my way as an underdog all the way to the top,” the Port Huron Northern senior said. “I’d rather go in as the middle and have girls help me as the top and I could help other girls, too.
“So I’d rather go D-II, definitely with school-wise, because I didn’t want that big of a school.”
Fusee, who was all-state as a junior in the pole vault, signed with Grand Valley on Sunday, but was part of a wider ceremony honoring college athletes Thursday in the Port Huron Northern media center.
She chose Grand Valley over Hillsdale and Indiana Tech. But Grand Valley became the obvious choice.
“It had all the choices I liked – great school, the pole vaulters, a great pole vaulting coach, a great track and field program, they’re indoor and outdoor two-time national champs, and I definitely want to add to that,” Fusee said.
Northern boys track coach Craig Dickinson, who works closely with the pole vaulters, said he thinks Fusee has great potential at the next level, and that Grand Valley should bring it out of her.
“She can go as high as she wants to go, I think,” Dickinson said. “She can go 13, 14 feet if she keeps working at it. She’s got the speed and the strength, which is really nice, and she’s long – she’s not overly tall – but she’s long, which is really good for the vault.
“It’s a good program, I’ve had people go there before and jump for them. The nice thing about Grand Valley, they’ll send them where they need to. They’ll send them out to California if there’s a meet out there they need to go to. They take care of their jumpers real well.”
Fusee said she’s torn between studying advertising or physical therapy when she gets to school. One thing’s for sure, her coaches will expect plenty from her when she gets there.
“(Coach) hopes I can make it to nationals my freshman year,” she said, “which is a great thing.”
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