Running Through Life

When athletes achieve certain goals in their careers, breaking through barriers they once never knew that they could, the real question for them is what happens after that wall is broken? While some stagnate, resting on their laurels, others push harder, test their limits and are never satisfied.

As fifth-year senior Annemarie Schwanz winds down her track and field career at Fresno State, it is as if she has only begun, yet she has accomplished so much.

“The success that I’ve had the last couple years, it’s all paying off when I look at all of the workouts and races,” Schwanz said. “I’m not saying that it comes easy, all of the work is just paying off… In races, I don’t think that I have to win, I’m just thinking about the next 100 meters.”

On the eve of her final Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships races, the civil engineering graduate student holds eight school records that range from 800 meters on the track to 6,000 off of the track in cross country. Resting more during her final season than she has in the past, prepping her body for the rigors of championship season, Schwanz is ready for the final push of her collegiate career. If it’s anything like her races throughout the years, it could leave on-lookers at a loss for words.

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Story by Josh Mitchell / Assistant Director of Communications / Fresno State Athletics
Photo Credit of 2016 NCAA Track and Field Championships: Eric Evans Photography
Photo Credit Fresno State International Graduation: Cary Edmondson