Spencerport senior Madeline Kopp signed her official letter of intent to run women's track at Duke University.
Spencerport senior Madeline Kopp signed her letter of intent to attend Duke University on a half track and field and half academic scholarship on Wednesday, February 6, in front of a number of family, teachers, classmates and coaches who have supported her throughout her varsity career.
Kopp narrowed her selections down to a pair of schools, Duke and Cornell, and chose to be a Blue Devil for a few different reasons: an enjoyable visit to Duke when she met some of the members of the women’s track team, a guaranteed spot in the 4x400 her freshman year, the chance for a top-notch education and an improved climate from what she is used to in Upstate New York.
“Both Duke and Cornell are amazing schools so either way I am going to get a great education,” said Kopp, who carries a 3.92 GPA and is a member of the National Honor Society, the Black/Scholar Urban League of Rochester and the Service Club. “I had a great visit to Duke and got to meet the coaches and some of the girls on the team and I knew that was the place for me.”
A four-year letter winner in indoor track, Kopp will also pick up her fourth varsity letter in outdoor track this spring. A first-team All-Greater Rochester selection in both indoor and outdoor track in 2011 and 2012, she brought home county and sectional titles in the 100m, 200m and 400m in 2012. Running against the top competition in the state and the country she earned a fourth place finish in the 400m at the 2011 New York State Outdoor Track and Field Championships, a fourth place finish in the 400m at 2011 National Junior Olympics, a third place finish in the 300m at the 2012 New York State Championships and 10th place finish in the 400m at the 2012 National Junior Olympics. Also the Section 5 indoor record holder in the 400m (56.64), she was also the recipient of the 2012 Class A Devin Snyder Memorial Outstanding Athlete Award, the 2012 Outstanding Competitor at the Indoor Meet of Champions and the girls MVP at the 2013 Hurley-Quinney Meet.
“Madeline is an exceptional athlete and she has put in the extra effort and long hours to get to this point,” said Spencerport track and field head coach Chris Gray. “Not only has she been a leader for the track and field team but an outstanding student in the classroom, and her commitments have given her this opportunity to compete and get an education at the Division I level.”
Outside of school Kopp participates with the youth group at St. John Evangelist Church and is a member of the Rochester Running Rebels Track Club. She has also been Manager of the Spencerport varsity soccer team the past two seasons.