Coldwater senior long distance runner extraordinaire Kyle Foulk finally realized his dream of competing at Michigan International Speedway for the MHSAA State Cross Country Finals this past fall and parlayed that success and effort, in addition to his tremendous accomplishments on the track, into a chance to run at the next level.
Foulk recently pledged his long distance services to the solid running program at Detroit Mercy, signing his national letter of intent to run for the Titans next season.
“Detroit Mercy just has a great school and a great running program,” said Foulk. “I thought that Detroit Mercy was the best place to challenge me both academically and athletically.”
Foulk took the next step in his three year development as part of the Coldwater Cross Country program this past season, putting together his best overall year while qualifying for the MHSAA State Finals with his sixth place finish at the regional competition in a time of 16 minutes, 38 seconds. From there Foulk realized his long sought after goal of competing at the state finals, crossing the rainy and muddy finish line at MIS in eighty-first place, putting together a time of 17 minutes, 8.9 seconds.
“Kyle (Foulk) has been with me since his sophomore season and he has really become one of the hardest workers we have ever had,” said Coldwater cross country head coach Jim Bilsborrow. “He handles competition very well emotionally and even if things don’t go the way he wants them to he keeps a level head and keeps his goals in sight. He’s always looking at the bigger picture, he’s very goal oriented and a very hard worker, which will serve him very well at the next level. I think he is going to surprise some people up at Detroit Mercy, I don’t think they quite realize exactly what he can do just yet.”
What Foulk can do is run and run well at that, earning seven top 10 finishes this season on the daunting 3.1 mile cross country course, including wrapping up All Conference honors with his sixth place finish at the Interstate 8 Conference Championship held at Marshall’s Turkeyville in a career best time of 16 minutes, 27.8 seconds.
Among his senior accolades was a fourth place finish at the 14th annual Burt Cebulski Invite; a seventh place finish at the Springport Invite; a third place finish at the very competitive Centreville Invitational; a third place finish at the Interstate 8 Jamboree at Parma Western; a fourth place finish at the Sturgis Invite; a sixth place finish at the Interstate 8 conference championship; and a sixth place finish at the MHSAA Division Two Regionals held at Portage Central. Foulk also ran extremely well at the elite MSU Spartan Invite, finishing in fifty-fifth place; at the Jackson Invite, finishing in fourteenth place; at the Otsego Bulldog Invite, finishing in seventeenth place; and at the Portage Invite, finishing in thirty-fifth place.
Foulk also excels on the track just as well on the cross country course, as the tough senior was poised to have a tremendous spring season before the cancellation of all spring sports due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
“We were looking for big things from Kyle (Foulk) in the spring,” remarked Bilsborrow. “He was the defending regional champion in the 3200 meter run (2-Mile) and was really looking forward to perhaps competing at the state level.”
Foulk was indeed a force on the track, especially in the mid to long distance events, wracking up a number of points for the Cardinal track and field team last year. Foulk was indeed the defending Regional Champion in the 3200, taking top honors with a time of 9 minutes, 48.30 seconds. Foulk also took gold at the Williamston Invitational in the 3200, third at the Interstate 8 Conference Championship, and twenty-first place at the MHSAA State Finals in a time of 9 minutes, 51.09 seconds. His time of 9 minutes, 48.30 seconds in his regional championship win was a personal best.
Foulk also excelled in the 1600 meter run, taking first place honors in all but two Interstate 8 conference duals and finishing in third place at the championship meet with a time of 4 minutes, 42.80 seconds. His personal best time in the event came during his sophomore season when he ran a time of 4 minutes, 30.38 seconds in a third place finish at the Division Two Regional Championship.
Foulk also took big wins in the 400 and the 800 throughout the season, cumulating in Branch County Honor Roll (Area Best) wins in both events. Foulk’s personal best time in the 400 came in the Branch County meet, winning with a time of 54.44 seconds while his best time in the 800 came during his sophomore season when he ran a time of 2 minutes, 7.45 seconds in an Interstate 8 meet at Coldwater.
“I”m sure that Kyle will focus on the longer races at college, he’s deceptive a little bit in his leg speed and I don’t think people realize just how fast he really is,” said Bilsborrow. “I think ultimately he will be another one of those runners that will blossom at college. I think he will find his niche at Detroit Mercy and with his work ethic I think he will do great things.”
Despite the loss of his senior season on the track Foulk is looking forward to traveling to Detroit Mercy to begin his collegiate career, both academically and athletically, with the intent to run both cross country and track while also pursuing a major in Psychology.
With his work ethic and his drive, there is no question that Kyle Foulk will make his mark as a Titan in the years to come. Congratulations to Coldwater’s Kyle Foulk on his decision to further his academic and athletic career at Detroit Mercy.
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Name: Kyle Foulk
High School: Coldwater
College: Detroit Mercy
Favorite Food: Pasta
Favorite Movie: Four Minute Mile
Favorite Book: Once a Runner by John L. Parker Jr.
Favorite TV Show: The Office
Favorite Dessert: Oreo Brownies