Athlete Profile: Mary Koppy

Mary Koppy. Photo by Roger Miller.

Name: Mary Koppy
Sport: Track and field
Events: Hammer throw and weight throw
Hometown: Great Falls, Mont.
Major: English
Year in School: Junior

What is the best part of competing in track and field?
The team. I love the competitions, but they would be so much less enjoyable if the team wasn’t so much fun to be around. That atmosphere of competition and excitement makes practice worth it.

When and why did you start playing?
I started in sixth grade. I went to a small Catholic school, so everyone did every sport. You almost couldn’t field a team otherwise. Track was the sport I excelled in, so when I got to high school, I dropped volleyball and basketball but kept going in track.

What is your favorite thing about field and why?
Competitions. I love the charged atmosphere of a track meet because the whole team is focused.

What do you do to prepare before a competition?
The women’s throwers warm up together before our competition. In addition to that, I stretch out on my own and do several practice turns outside the ring.

Do you plan to continue competing in track and field in the future?
I’ll compete in college until my eligibility runs out, but once I graduate it will become much less of a priority. If I continue to throw, it will be in meets like the Big Sky State Games.

What do you think is the key to your success as a student-athlete?
Time management and forgiving teachers. I’m not always the best at managing my time, but scheduling time to get everything done in a day is so important.

Have you received any awards while competing in field events?
I’ve been an Academic All-Conference athlete for both of my years of competition.

Is there a person or quote that inspires you?
“Nothing is impossible. The word itself says ‘I’m possible.’” — Audrey Hepburn

Why did you come to MSU?
A couple of reasons. I came for my official visit in the spring of my senior year and spoke with the head of the English department. They were just introducing the writing major, an idea that I loved, so that played a huge part in my coming. It was also love at first sight for me and the MSU campus. I came to visit the university and left knowing that this was where I wanted to come.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I write short stories, although that’s beginning to bleed over into homework this semester. I also enjoy watching movies with my roommates.

What would you like to tell students/readers about MSU track and field?
Come to the meets! It’s always nice to have support from our fellow students at our competitions.