As of press time, high school springs sports events and practices had been postponed until April 10. That announcement came as the finishing touches were being put on the Spring Sports preview. We have decided publish these previews in order to highlight Hardy County’s high school athletes, should no opportunity exist later.
East Hardy Track and Field has eight athletes returning to the roster with experience from the state track meet last season who are guiding teammates for another Charleston visit after the delay to this year’s starting time and a plethora of upcoming talent from the middle school championship ranks.
East Hardy Boys Track squad will be coached by athletic director Devon Orndorff in his fourth season and the East Hardy Girls Track team will be led by first-year coach Gary Hanson.
“As always, our first goal is to win the Potomac Valley Conference Championship Meet. Our secondary goal is to bring home as many state medals as possible. I expect the boys team to be very competitive this season even though our team is primarily made up of underclassmen. The girls team returns a few star sprinters, so I expect the team to follow their lead as they continue to get better,” East Hardy Boys Track coach Devon Orndorff remarked.
Those coming back from the state meet last year are: Jaden Fleshman, SierraMarie Miller, Holly Snyder, Carly Hershberger, Bryce Tharp, Noah Lang and Christian Robinson.
East Hardy Girls Track junior SierraMarie Miller and sophomore Holly Snyder, were members of the bronze medal state track meet 4×200 relay team which set a new school record with a time of 1:51.88 along with graduated seniors Emma Lutz and Alderson Broaddus University Track freshman Emili Flynn.
Miller was a state champion in girls wrestling this season and her athleticism keeps her moving in the right direction even on the track having been there last year for the 400 meter run, plus three relay events 4×100, 4×200, 4×400 and competed in the high jumper two seasons ago in Charleston as a freshman.
East Hardy Girls Track senior Jaden Fleshman, junior Rayne Metzer and Snyder were part of the state meet shuttle hurdles squad last year and looking for one more member to fill the role left behind by Flynn.
East Hardy Girls Track sophomore Carly Hershberger was a member of the 4×400 state relay team along with Miller, Lutz and Flynn, but is also known for singing an excellent rendition of our national anthem during minor league baseball games and local events.
Perhaps her voice will be heard at a track event this year before crossing the finish line.
East Hardy Girls Track seniors Jaden Fleshman, Hannah Merritt and Elizabeth Dove have become leaders for the underclassmen encouraging them to maximize their skills and effort to potentially reach their goals.
Fleshman will be a spinner and hurdler, Merritt will be a sprinter and Dove will be a distance runner this season.
Miller and Metzer lead a strong junior contingent comprised of Katee Short, Aija Burnette, Tera Jones and Kassidy Arnold.
Miller is a sprinter and high jumper, Metzer is