Salute to Seniors: Eastside's Bethanie Cooper

Name: Bethanie Cooper
High school: Eastside High School
Event PRs: Pole Vault- 7'
Hobbies: Horse riding, cheerleading, hanging out with friends

What was your most memorable race/competition?
Tri-state relays at Seneca, getting my first pole vault medal.

Out of all your high school accomplishments, which stands out the most?
Qualifying for state qualifiers both years I've done track.

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If you could do it all over again, what would you change about your athletic career in high school? 
I would have started doing track as a freshmen, instead of as a junior.

What were the most difficult obstacles you had to overcome?
I went my my whole first year of pole vaulting not clearing a height up until the region meet, when I PR'd 3 times. I was so embarrassed and wanted to give up, but I'm glad I didn't.

What will you miss the most?
Track meets with all of my friends.

Do you have any advice for younger athletes?
Don't give up, just keep trying and work harder.

How have your coaches influenced your performances and your life goals?
They have always pushed me to succeed.

What kind of impact did you family have on your time as a high school student-athlete?
My family has always been supportive, whether they are working a track meet or just watching me.

What are your college or post high school plans?
I will be attending College of Charleston in the fall.

What do you hope to achieve after high school? 
I hope to get a college degree and have a successful and happy life.

Do you see yourself coaching in the future? Please explain and if so, what level and why? 
No, I do not see myself coaching. I haven't fit that into my life plans.

I'd like to give a shout-out to my coach, Coach Blumer, and my mom and dad for always supporting me.

If there is one thing in the world you could do, what would it be and why?
Visit the moon, because how many other people can say they've done that?