Athlete of the Week Archive

Feb. 26, 2007


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Shannon Popp

What has it been like being a Wyoming Cowgirl and being a part of this program?
"My first year I had a tough time because I was transferring from another school, but working with coach Barrett and coach Yentes really made it feel like home. So, I just worked really hard and tried to get better for the next year."

Did having the new Madrid Complex last fall help in your preparation for the indoor season?
"Yeah, we were really excited about that and I think that it's going to be a lot of fun come spring when we get to use it every day. We can't wait to get out there."

How has it been having Coach Barrett as your coach?
"I love him. He is a very soft spoken man so you really have to pay attention. I think he has done a fabulous job with me and the girls from last year and he really does his best all the time. It's really nice to have a coach that works with you and is able to talk to you in a way that allows you to change and learn."

What is your favorite kind of music?
"That's a tough question. I like all kinds of music and it just depends on whether I'm lifting or throwing. When I'm throwing, I like to listen to harder music."

What are your plans for after your college career is finished at Wyoming?
"I will graduate in May and then my initial plan was to move back to California and keep training for the trials, but coach Barrett gave me an open opportunity to stay here and train with him, so right now I've been pretty indecisive as to what I'm going to do."

Brad Pitt or Christian Bail?
"I'm going to have to go with Christian Bail."

What will you remember the most about competing for the Cowgirls track and field program?
"I think it's going to be the hominess of Wyoming and how much it is like my hometown of Ojai, California. Wyoming has really made me feel like I'm at home. Most of all, I'm going to miss coach Barrett; he's just that easy to respond to and learn from."