Meet Sara Kopack; By Adrian Sullivan
This is a new feature of Raider Athletics. The series has been created by Seminole State Student, Adrian Sullivan (right) and will highlight a Raider Student-Athlete.
Sara Kopack is a current student at Seminole State and an athlete for the women’s Cross-Country and Track & Field teams. A native of Altamonte Springs, Sara’s introduction to the sport came quite early when her father told her that she needed to join a sport. “When I was in seventh grade my dad said that I wasn’t allowed to sit at home anymore and that I could choose any sport that I wanted to do and that’s what I decided.” She grinned as she twirled her fingers through her hair blissfully. She also acknowledges Katherine Switzer for being her role model. Both Sara and her older twin brothers are first generation athletes.
Sara is currently majoring in marine biology, a career that she’s always pursued since she was young. When asked why she chose that major she had this to say. “I’ve decided in first grade what I wanted to be. I originally wanted to be a marine photographer and I wanted to show the world what a lot of people don’t get to see.” Kopack gives credit to her father for inspiring her to be a marine biologist, stating that when she was younger her dad went to the Georgia Sea Aquarium and brought back pictures of various marine animals for her. Kopack said that those pictures motivated her to go after marine biology. “I knew that’s what I wanted to do!” She exclaimed. “My interest has grown as I’ve gotten older.”
Being recognized for winning 3rd place in the 4 x 800 meters relay her junior and senior years of high school and helping her cross-country team qualify for the states, Kopack takes pride in the hard work and dedication that she gave over the past few years to get where she’s at today. Reflecting on not only the good days, but the bad days as well such as when she wanted quit or when she took a gap year from running. However, she doesn’t let that stop her from running and challenges herself every day to be stronger than she was on yesterday.
Fun fact about Sara, her favorite animal are sharks and her favorite foods are sheperd’s pie and doughnuts. In her free time, Sara enjoys visiting Austin’s Coffee and likes to read and draw. When asked if she could give any advice to aspiring cross-country and track runners, she said this “Don’t take a season off. You have to be willing to break down mental walls and there are going to be a lot of things that you’re going to get tired of whether it be a class or something else, but you’re not going to sit there and fail it.” She added. “You should continue going if you know that there’s something further.”
- 13 Raider Student-Athletes were Academic All-NJCAA in 2018-19
- During the 2018 season, four Running Raiders advanced to the NJCAA National meet
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