Being a student-athlete in college means that an individual is a part-time or full-time student at a university and also a member of an athletic team offered by the school. Usually, these individuals solely do one sport but Flyer Jamie Poppen is one of the few exceptions.
Poppen has been a libero for the women’s volleyball team and a pole vaulter for track & field for almost five years. Having taken advantage of the extra year of eligibility granted by the NCAA due to the pandemic, Poppen extended her undergraduate degree so she could participate in both sports for one final season. Playing college volleyball was always her plan from a young age, yet pole vaulting was not on the radar until her late teens.