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Jun 23, 2018
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Department of Physical Education, Athletics and Recreation: Hall of Fame

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Trista Hopkins

Class of 1996, Track & Field and Soccer

Trista Hopkins was part of a 1995 Girls Soccer Team that won the Section 2 Class B Championships. She was named to the 1st Team Class B New York State All-Star Team, and was also named to the 1st Team for the Suburban Council. In 1995, Trista was selected as a member of the New York States Top 55 soccer players, and in 1994, she was named to the 3rd NYS All-Star Team.

Trista had even more success as a runner. Columnist Dan Rafael wrote, “Since seventh grade, Hopkins had run on the varsity team, effortlessly spinning loops around the track. Indoors, outdoors. It never mattered where because she could always go faster than almost everyone else. In eighth grade, Trista was the Indoor Track Athlete of the Year, beating Zilla Higg, the six-time champion from Rochester East High in the 300 at the Engineer Games and tying a 12- year-old record with a time of 41.2.

She was a member of a relay team that won the New York State Championships in both 1992 for the 1600 Relay (3:57.45) and the SMR Relay (4:11.0) in 1995. Both relays are still BH-BL school records. She held the Suburban Council record in the 400 hurdles with a time of 61.57, which was also the best in New York State in 1995 and is still a team record for outdoor track. She participated in ten State Meet Competitions throughout the years, and won 15 Section II titles in both indoor and outdoor track. Trista won the Empire State Games two times, and was chosen for the Olympic Training Camp for the 400 meter hurdles after her junior year in high school. Among her other running accomplishments are that she won the Eddy Meet in tenth grade in the 800, and the 400m hurdles in eleventh grade, as well six times being named the most valuable runner on the BH-BL team and winning the “Junior of the Year” award in 1995.

Trista received an athletic scholarship to Wake Forest University where she graduated in 2000 with a BS in Business. While at Wake Forest, Trista was the team captain and competed on the 1999 Distance Medley Relay team that won the ACC Championship Meet.

After graduation, Trista moved to New York City and pursued a career in international business in the forest products industry. In 2006, she left work to start a family. Trista and her husband, Brian, currently live in Connecticut with their three children. After taking some time off from running, Trista participated in the Cape Cod Ragnar Relay Series last spring, and then ran her first half marathon.

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