WAHS's Kooken Leaves Impressive Mark On Warrior Track Team
Western Albemarle's Maggie Kooken is one of the best discus throwers in central Virginia but her teammates say all achievements aside, Kooken's hilarious.
AnnaBeth Higgins said, "She has a really good sense of humor, and her and I kind of pick on each other."
"I'm probably the funniest on the team," Kooken joked.
While her wit and charm lifts her teammates - the senior has placed at the AA state indoor and outdoor track meet three years in a row and is a role model to the Warriors track and field program.
Western's field events coach, Adam Mulcahy said, "She helps recruit the younger talent, some of the younger girls. They look up to her and they want to aspire to be able to throw and compete like she does."
Kooken added, "I'm definitely a leader. They look up to me and I just try to make sure everyone's having a good time and working hard."
Kooken can throw the shot put 37 feet and 6 inches and crushes at discus with her personal best being 117 feet.
"Its an individual sport so its all about you and its really fun to go out and compete against yourself," said Kooken.
The Warrior senior also high jumps, long jumps, runs in the four by one, and sometimes they'll even throw her into the 100 meter sprints.
Participating in all of these events made trying to decide what to compete in at college a little difficult.
"Choose between becoming a thrower, and that's where some schools recruited her, or choosing to become a heptathlete, which we thought really played to her strengths," said Mulcahy.
So that's exactly what she did.
Next year Kooken will join Radford's track and field team as a heptathlete - and she's ready to tear it up.
"I really want to go down there and make an impact as a freshmen. I really wanna go down there and make conferences my first year," said Kooken.
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