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2011-12 TMC Female Athlete of the Year: Holly Kopp

Posted: July 3, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 3, 2012 1:55 a.m.

Cross country runner Holly Kopp was named The Master's College 2011-12 Female Athlete of the Year.

 

Holly Kopp went out on top.

As a sophomore at The Master’s College last fall, she anchored a historic finish for the women’s cross country program, won All-American honors and then called it a career.

Cross country head coach Zach Schroeder said Kopp got married and left the school after the fall semester.
But it wasn’t before she transformed the team into a nationally relevant squad.

After a fourth-place team finish at the Golden State Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships, the TMC women earned their first trip to the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics finals in school history.

Kopp and crew exceeded expectations, finishing 10th as a team and matching the accomplishment of the men’s team.

“She took her team to the national championships. She was an essential part of them getting there,” Schroeder said. “With what was going on with (the men’s team), I think a little bit of the spotlight got taken away from the women’s program.”

Kopp was fifth individually at the GSAC finals and took 28th at the NAIA finals, giving her a program-first All-American nod.

Due to such a strong finish, the team comes into the 2012 season as the favorite to win the GSAC.

Kopp set the bar. Now her successors will have to live up to it.

“There will be more to follow in her footsteps and hopefully we attain more national titles,” Schroeder said.

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