Sherando aiming for multiple top-eight finishes in state indoor track and field meet at Liberty University
By Tommy Keeler Jr.
The spring high school season has started, which means outdoor track practice has begun, but that's not the only track season going on. The indoor track season finishes up today with the Group AA indoor state track meet held at Liberty University in Lynchburg.
Sherando is the only local team in the state meet, but the Warriors have plenty of strong possibilities in the state meet.
"Our expectations are to go down there, do the best we can, and try to improve a little bit on what we've done in the past," Sherando indoor and outdoor track coach Tom Grim said.
Grim said the goal for each individual is to finish in the top eight, which is all-state.
The Warriors have several individuals and two relay teams headed to the state meet.
On the girls side, Nisha Moore leads the way. Moore finished fourth in the 500-meter run in last week's Region II meet at Fork Union with a time of 1:23.89, but Grim said she could have done better. Moore's seed time was four seconds better than the time she ran in regionals.
"She has a better time that we can enter, and if she can run that or a little below I expect her to be able to place," Grim said.
Moore also led the girls 4x800 relay team to a third-place finish in the Region II meet. The relay team, which also consists of Caitlin Dolan, Sidney Burleson and Samantha Herrell, knocked 18 seconds off their previous best time of the season. They ran the relay in 10:21.41.
"Our girls at the regional meet were unbelievable," Grim said. "That was just an amazing feat. We told Sam [Herrell] just keep 'em close, and let Nisha do her work. And Nisha did her thing at the end. She caught two people. When [Herrell] handed it off we were in fifth place, then Nisha caught two pretty good teams."
The Warriors finished 11th in the Region II girls meet. The boys placed 10th in the meet.
James Reese led the way for the boys with a second-place finish in the 1,600-meter run. Reese had a time of 10:12.34, but was beaten by Fluvanna's Chris Markham. Grim said Markham got confused about the laps, and thought the next to last lap was his last one. By the time Markham realized he had another lap, he already a big lead and held off Reese. Markham topped his season best in the event by 14 seconds.
"James [Reese] did a phenomenal job," Grim said. "He pretty much took command of that race early on and was able to maintain it."
Sherando's Seth Chewey will be running in both the 1,000-meter run and the 500-meter run. Chewey placed sixth in the 500 at the regional meet with a time of 1:12.90.
Ryan Hindle will also represent Sherando in the 1,600. He finished sixth in the regional meet with a time of 4:50.10.
Hindle, Chewey, Daniel Snapp and Justin Hammer will represent Sherando in the boys 4x800 relay. The quartet finished third in the Region II meet with a time of 8:36.27.
Skyline's Thomas Madden finished fourth in the Region II meet in the 1,600-meter run, but Hawks coach Mike Tanner said Madden will not participate in the state meet. Tanner said Madden "has some things he's trying to work through and isn't ready to run yet." Tanner said Madden is focusing on the upcoming outdoor track season.
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