Just a matter of months ago, Douglas High grad Dusty Fisher took the field at the University of Nevada’s Mackay Stadium as a member of the Boise State University football team. Playing for Boise State, which went on to win the Fiesta Bowl, was the fulfillment of a dream for Fisher to play Division I college football.
It was an intriguing story, to the extent that we sought out media credentials for one of our contributing photographers and a former teacher of Fisher’s to write about his game at Nevada.
“The story of Douglas High graduate Dusty Fisher is indeed captivating,” we said. “After receiving limited recruiting interest out of high school, he walked on to one of the elite football programs in the country. He survived a sudden coaching change and made the traveling roster this season. He’s played in every one of his team’s games. He’s already been on national television several times and even made a play that was featured on ESPN … We love stories like his for a variety of reasons, the largest being that it inspires other youth in the area that, yes, when you work hard enough and refuse to give up, your dreams really can come true.”
Over the past several months, Fisher’s story has taken another surprising turn.
Last week, we reported that Fisher had hung up his football cleats this past winter and traded them in for track spikes. He ran unattached to the college program through the indoor season and debuted with Boise State’s varsity squad this spring for the outdoor season.
His times have improved steadily over the course the season and last weekend at Boise State’s home Border Clash meet, he turned in personal bests in the 100 and 200.
His time of 10.65 in the 100 ranks fifth in the Mountain West Conference this season and his 21.24 seconds in the 200 ranks fourth in the conference.
He’ll compete in the conference championships in both events May 15 and 17 in San Diego.
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