BOZEMAN, Mont. — Tyra Opperman put in years of hard work honing her skills as an athlete, and now it’s paying off.
She’s heading to Butte to continue her track and field career, and her father is brimming with pride.
“We pushed through a lot of hard times in a lot of sports and a lot of activities that have led up to this time, so this feels really nice,” Tyra’s father, Tim Opperman, said.
Now Opperman will focus on the next step in her athletic career, becoming the best javelin thrower at Montana Tech she can be.
She feels her former program prepared her for what’s ahead.
“Carly is my javelin coach this year, and she is the best jav coach I’ve had,” Opperman said. “She is so helpful, and the whole program is so supportive, fun, and I can’t imagine being at any other program. I’m so happy I came from Bozeman.”
Putting the pen to paper is a thrill, but it’s even better when you get to share the moment with your friend.
Opperman signed with her basketball teammate Tailyn Black, and their former head coach Kati Mobley hopes the girls stay the way they are.
“Every day they showed up for practice they were committed to each other and to the program, as well as our team,” Mobley said. “I’m really going to miss their leadership and the smile they brought to practice every day. It was just fun to be there with them.”
Opperman will head to Butte this summer to begin practicing with her new team.