Athlete Spotlight: Sherando track & field athlete William Fletcher

Sherando track & field athlete William Fletcher

Sherando High School 18-year-old senior

Sport: Track & field. Main events: Discus, shot put.

Parents: Marty and Linda Fletcher.

Hometown: Middletown

What do you love about track: The people. The athletes. Just connecting with everybody.

Most memorable moment in track: Competing in the state championship last year. (Fletcher placed 10th at the Class 4 indoor meet in the shot put.) Just being a contender for a state championship, being one of the higher athletes in the state, was pretty cool.

Most embarrassing moment in track: I was running the 4x200 one time, and my legs were cutting out from under me. I was trying to hand off the baton and I reached forward, and I tripped and fell facedown. That happened last year in indoor track. My coach thought it was pretty funny.

Most difficult moment in track: Freshman indoor season and outdoor season, just trying to adjust to the high school 12-pound shot put. That was very difficult to try and win. It’s a pretty big leap going from eight pounds in middle school to 12 pounds.

Three people you can have dinner with, dead or alive: I’m a guitar player, so I would say David Gilmour of Pink Floyd; Stevie Ray Vaughan; and Angus Young of AC/DC. It would be cool to talk to them about their technique.

Biggest athletic influence: Alex Ovechkin. I think he’s one of the best hockey players ever. He inspires a lot of people. He doesn’t brag about what he does. He just goes out there and tries hard, and I admire that.

Who is your favorite teacher: My history teacher Ms. [Heather] Hyatt. I had her two years in high school, and every year she pushed me to be better.

Favorite athlete: Alex Ovechkin

Favorite sports team: Washington Football Team

Favorite movie: “Step Brothers”

Favorite TV show: “That ‘70s Show”

Favorite song: “Comfortably Numb” by Pink Floyd

Favorite food: Hamburgers

Worst thing you’ve eaten: Tuna

Plans after high school: I’m most likely going to Lord Fairfax Community College and will go into general studies. My favorite subject in school is history. I just like learning new things about the past, and what we can learn from them. One of the most important things in life is trying to learn from the past.

Compiled by Robert Niedzwiecki

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