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Christian's Sports Beat: Striving to go higher


Hurricane High School junior Nadia Legros is eager for the 2019 track season to get underway on Friday, March 22. Courtesy photo

One of the top girl high jumpers in the state is happy the track season has arrived, and she can concentrate on pushing the bar up some this season.

Nadia Legros, a junior on Hurricane High School’s track team, finished sixth last year at the state AAA track championships with a leap of 5 feet, despite nursing a sore hamstring.

Practice for the 2019 track season began a few weeks ago, and Legros has been out there attempting to fine tune her jumping craft.

Legros, who transferred to Hurricane last year after a year at Nitro High School, said she is ready for the season to start.

“This season, I am really excited,” she said, “as I am now a junior and I want to train hard and see where that takes me.”

Legros’ best jump of 5 feet, 2 inches last season put her in a three-way tie for the best leap in school history.

Like I mentioned earlier, Legros had to deal with a hamstring injury during her sophomore season, which held her back. One of the biggest things on the young jumper’s agenda this season is just to stay healthy. “This season, I have incorporated a lot more icing and stretching in my workout routine, especially during my recovery, to try and prevent the type of injury I had to deal with last season.”

Legros’ performance at last year’s state meet was 9 inches off the state meet mark.

Any performer as good at her sport as Legros is with high jumping is always setting goals to push themselves. One of her goals this season as a Redskin is to be on the podium (top three) at the states.

“Of course, I just want to help the team do the best it can,” she said, “but after finishing sixth last year, I want to at least place top three at the states.”

Legros would like to hit the 5-foot, 8-inch mark this season, which would put her on top of the high jumping list at Hurricane.

For the second year, Legros will be coached by Eric Cooper, who oversees the Redskins track program.

Cooper enjoys having the junior as part of the Hurricane squad. “Nadia has been a great addition to our program since she came in last season. Right away she was a leader and made those around her better. She’s ready for a big season after a muscle strain hindered the second half of her season last year,” Cooper said.

Along with the high jump, Legros plans on competing in the individual and shuttle hurdle events this season.

Along with being one of the best high jumpers in the state, Legros also is one of the top players on Hurricane’s girls basketball team. She was recently named to the Kanawha Valley All-Girls third team by the Charleston Gazette-Mail.

Being a two-sport student-athlete definitely causes some time constraints for the junior.

“I don’t feel my pressure while playing both sports, but, boy, am I busy during the basketball and track seasons. I really don’t have any time to anything else, but it really isn’t too bad,” Legros said.

I am a member of Hurricane boys track team this season, and it’s tough not to notice the family atmosphere with the team.

Legros agrees. “It’s really fun being part of this team, it’s a really good environment, the coaches are great, everyone on the team is just fun to be around. It just seems like we are always just having a good time, either training or competing.”

Legros will begin the season on March 22, the first scheduled track meet this season for her Hurricane Redskins.

Christian Deiss of Scott Depot is a freshman at Hurricane High School.

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Wood, E.C. - 1 p.m., Humphrey's Memorial United Methodist Church, Sissonville.

Woodall, Kennedy - 11 a.m., Forest Hills Cemetery, Flatrock.