The Mount de Sales girls team just got back from the state track and field meet. The squad placed fifth overall.
The girls' four-by-one-hundred relay runners came in third.
Liza Hardison runs one of those relay legs.The senior has also made her mark on the softball diamond and basketball court during her career with the Cavs. The kid has also made some sacrifices along the way to pursue what she loves. Her efforts make her our 'Athlete of the Week.'
Senior Liza Hardison plays an integral part in the Mount De Sales relay team. "In my opinion, it's the most exciting event. It seems that when everyone starts to watch and get into it," Hardison said.
Her coach Mia Washington has a lot of respect for her Cavalier.
"Honestly, it's just her drive. She's not going to be the fastest person on the track, but she's going to work the hardest and she's going to keep pushing," Washington said.
She delivers that level of determination in every aspect of her life. Hardison is right on the cusp of carrying an "A" average.
"The title is 'student athlete,' so grades come first, and playing sports, it disciplines you," Hardison explained.
"She's a special person. She takes care of business in the classroom and she'll do whatever it takes to help out our school in any sport," Washington said.
Hardison handles softball in the fall, basketball in the winter, and track in the springtime. "She hasn't had a season off in awhile," Washington recalled.
But early on, Hardison did hang up her track shoes. She came to a crossroads and had a tough decision to make. "Tenth grade, it was the hardest year for me at Mount de Sales. For me, it was so I took that time off to concentrate on my grades. It was difficult," Hardison admitted.
"I was kind of disappointed and she told me the reason her grades were not where she wanted them to be, so I told her to take that season off," Washington said.
Don't get the wrong idea. Liza is a perfectionist, so her grades being a bit off still translates into success for a lot of students. "It was probably about the same. Probably a 3.4 or so," Hardison said.
Now the kid who wants to major in physical therapy in college has peace that she's closed out her career and reached her goals. "Academically I think I did the best I could and I'm proud of that," Hardison said with a smile.
The Scholarship of Christian Athletes awarded Liza the female Huddle Athlete of the Year. They only choose one person for this honor over a seven-county area. Hardison is the first Mount de Sales athlete to earn the award since the scholarship began eleven years ago. She will attend Georgia State University in the fall.