Wrestler Katherine Fulp-Allen Competes Internationally

Katherine Fulp-Allen knows a thing or two about hard work and motivation. While maintaining a full academic schedule, winning her second consecutive Women's College Wrestling Association National Championship and Wrestler of the Year award, the Menlo College senior has been preparing to represent the United States during a wrestling tour to Klippan, Sweden in March 2010. Though college wrestling season has concluded, Katherine continues her conditioning post-wrestling season. Katherine starts her day at 7 AM, enlisting others to help her workout. With spring midterms in progress, getting a morning workout is challenging, but something Katherine is dedicated to. At Menlo College's 2010 Spring Honors Convocation, Katherine received the highest honor a student can receive at Menlo—the Board of Trustees award. In every way, she embodies the scholarship, leadership and service at the heart of the mission of the college.

The wrestling tour to Sweden is a mid-point on Katherine's journey. She references the upcoming World Team trials and U.S. Nationals as key points along a road which will take her all the way to the Olympics. Last year she took third place at All World Team trials. This year, her goal is to win her weight class of 51 kilos. With so many upcoming tournaments, pacing is key. States Katherine, “Everything you do is preparation for the end of the season. You need to peak at the right time and at the right tournament.” One thing is clear: the wrestling tour brings Katherine a step closer to her ultimate goal—representing the United States in the Olympics.

Along with the family and friends who have helped her along the way, Katherine credits the atmosphere at Menlo College with helping support her academic and athletic growth. Because Menlo is small, she can participate in many activities and programs and still focus on her athletic development. It's hard to stay on the road with any sport and try to reach the Olympics. The Menlo Community has given Katherine a lot of support. As Katherine puts it, “You have to motivate yourself, but support means everything.”