MARSHFIELD – For a girl who wasn’t even sure she was going to out for track as a freshman, Marshfield senior Martha Kupfer is making her mark on the program.
A school record-holder in three events — the 200 and 400 indoor marks and the 200 outdoors — Kupfer has a chance to put her name up on the record board a few more times this season.
“Martha is a three-sport athlete and she does everything we ask of her,” Marshfield girls track coach Dan Akin said. “She’s a team player, with a great work ethic, but she has a chance to something special for herself this year. We’re going to do our best as coaches to put here in a position to have as much success this year as she can.”
One of Kupfer’s goals is to get the record in a new event she ran last week for the first time, the 800.
“She did really well the first time running it and we’re going to add a little distance training for her this year because we think the 800 could be a really good event for her,” Akin said.
What does it mean to you to have the school records in the 200 and 400 for indoor events? It makes me feel like part of me will always be part of this high school. I love it here and I’m glad to see my name up on that board. It also shows how strong our program is and how good our coaches are.
Tell me about the new event you are trying this year: Well, I’ve been doing the 200 and 400 the past three years, but at the Panther invite last week, I ran the 800. I had a pretty good time, 2 minutes, 31 seconds, so I’m really close to the school indoor record in that. That’s one of my goals. I’d also like to get the school record in the 400 for outdoor season. I want to get back to state in the 400 and the triple jump. I’ve been close in that event, but I haven’t made it.
What did you learn from being at state last year? Being there showed me that when I think I’m reaching my limit, I can push myself even more than I thought.
How did you decide to go out for track? I wasn’t planning on going out my freshman year, but I did even though I didn’t know what events to be in. On the first day of practice, we ran 200s and I wasn’t even tired. A senior asked me to do a couple more with her and she said I’d be good at the 200 and probably the 400. I’m so glad I went out for track because I love it.
What are some things you want to accomplish by the time you are 30? I’m planning on going to UW-Madison to study kinesiology and get my master’s, so I’ll probably be there six years. I want to be finished with school by then, have a house and get married.
What is one of your biggest fears? Speaking in front of large crowds. I’m getting better, but it’s still hard for me. I’m trying to do it more to get better.
Tell us something about yourself that would surprise people: I like to volunteer. People see me as an athlete and good student, but I love to volunteer. We volunteer with National Honor Society and I do other things like helping at soup kitchens. I like the feeling of giving my time to help people.
Mark Massoglia can be reached at 715-423-7200, ext. 6736. Follow him on Twitter @markmazzy.
School: Marshfield High School
Sports: Tennis, basketball, track
Family: Dad, Mike; mom, Jill; brother, Nolan
Favorite color: Orange
Favorite food: Fruit
Favorite classes: Anatomy and physiology
Favorite TV show: “Friends”
Favorite movie: “Unbroken”
Android or iPhone: iPhone
Spring, summer, fall or winter: Spring
Early bird or night owl: Both, it depends on the day