As a sophomore, Melissa Alger certainly has made her mark at Coe College.
Breaking Coe’s discus record with a throw of 149 feet, 11 inches earlier this month, Alger has set herself apart from the competition. But her path hasn’t always been easy.
Initially, Alger didn’t even come to Coe to throw.
“I came here to play volleyball,” she said. “I was just in the weight room one day and they came up to me and said, ‘Do you throw? You have really long arms.’”
The answer was yes. Alger starting throwing her sophomore year at Lisbon High School, after choosing not to play softball.
“I thought that I should do another sport because I like to be active and so I decided to do track. I’m not really a runner so throwing intrigued me,” she said.