Futter dealt with some injuries during his junior year and, with his health back, was able to show the caliber of runner he is this spring.
The senior cruised to sectional and regional titles in both the 1,600-meter run and the 3,200, but his focus at the state meet would be on the 3,200. At the IHSAA State Finals, he future Grand Valley (Mich.) State distance runner led the first six laps of the state finals, dropped back, then stormed back to finish second in a personal-best time of 9:06.58.
"This senior year was one of my better years. It goes to growing and being more mature," said Futter, who also finished fourth at the state cross country meet last fall. "I focused on learning the tactics and style of running I'm fond of and good at. There's always room for improvement. I can't be upset."
Futter looks forward to continuing his growth as a racer, part of which is learning more about himself and how to maximize his talents.
"Learning when to go, when to go with people, when to kick. Learning how you run, how your body works," Futter said.
He looks forward to the next step in his career.
"Their facilities are spectacular up there," Futter said. "I'm open to anything pretty much. I'm mainly focused around that 5K to 10K range."