Bath runner seeking elusive accolade in senior year

Bath runner seeking elusive accolade in senior year

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Bath runner seeking elusive accolade in senior year

Annie Fanta (right) of Bath looks to capture her first career Division 3 state title in her senior year.

Annie Fanta (right) of Bath looks to capture her first career Division 3 state title in her senior year.

Annie Fanta feels her prep track résumé is almost complete. She’s just missing one elusive accolade.

Despite being a three-time Division 3 all-state selection, a three-time regional champion in the 800-meter run and owning five school records — three as a part of a relay team, the Bath High School senior has been unable to capture a state championship.

And whether it comes as an individual or as a team, Fanta is on a mission to add the missing piece in the final weeks of her high school career.

“My brothers were runners, and the one thing I have on them is that I have more school records than they do,” Fanta said, “but they say ‘Hey, I have more state championships than you do.’

“It’s pretty important … This year, I’m not worried about being recruited. It’s all about the track. I want to win that state championship.”

For the past two years, Fanta, a Columbia University commit, has finished third in the 800 at the Division 3 state finals. As a freshman, she placed seventh.

Fanta has been pleased with her times during the finals, but she’s more than ready to get over the hump.

“This year I want it really, really bad,” she said. “Division 3 is stacked with girls, and I’ve been running good times so I haven’t been fully disappointed.

“The 800 has been my race, and it would be cool to get it my senior year.”

The Fighting Bees finished 10th at the state finals last year — the program’s best finish since Fanta has been on the team.

Bath returned all but one senior from last season’s team — including four other all-state selections — and Fanta believes that all the components are there to improve on last year’s finish.

“Everything is starting to come together,” she said. “The work that we’ve put in during the preseason is starting to pay off. Coach (Emily Fritz) is getting real creative with the lineup and it’s been a big part of us edging teams out.”

Fanta has all the momentum as she enters the final stretch of her senior season. She broke a 29-year-old school record in the 1600-meter run at the Pewamo-Westphalia Invitational Friday with a time of 5:14.24 — the previous record was 5:14.5 held by Deb Nichols.

“She’s always been hungry. She likes to win, and I should also say she hates to lose,” Fritz said. “One of the big goals this year was the 1600 and she got that.

“She always wants it.”

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