By Brad Fauber
Sherando track and field head coach Tom Grim can't seem to say enough good things about senior Candice Banks, who put together a solid individual performance this past weekend.
Banks, a hurdler and jumper for the Warriors, had an impressive day at the Mike Brown Invitational at Parry McCluer High School this past Saturday, finishing first in three events and third in two others to help Sherando's girls claim the top spot in the event.
Her performance was certainly spectacular, but what makes Banks such a special member of the Sherando squad in Grim's eyes is her willingness to put the team above everything else.
"She is an athlete that I personally coach ... and I am very impressed with her work ethic," Grim, who serves as the Warriors' hurdles coach, said. "She will do exactly what is needed for our track team. If I were to ask her to run the 1,600 [meter], she would do it.
"That's the kind of girl she is -- 'What do I need to do to help the team win?'"
Banks, The Northern Virginia Daily's Female Athlete of the Week for March 31-April 6, was not called upon to run any distance events for the Warriors on Saturday, but the senior was still plenty busy.
Banks competed in all three jumping events -- the long jump, triple jump and high jump -- before racing in both the 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles. The senior then followed up by running the first leg of the 4x400 relay, which the Sherando girls won with a time of 4:22.20, more than six seconds faster than second-place Parry McCluer.
Banks dominated the hurdle events, posting a winning time of 17.43 seconds in the 100 high hurdles before winning the 300 hurdles with a time of 50.52 seconds.
The senior took third place in both the long jump and the triple jump, with leaps of 13-09.25 and 29-06, respectively.
"I was just so proud of her performance this past weekend," Grim said.
Grim said the most impressive thing about Banks at Sherando's track meets is that she still has enough energy left after all of her jumping events to help the Warriors in the 4x400 relay.
"All of those events are hard on your legs, and then to come back and run the 4x400, that's hard to do," Grim said.
Grim said that Banks, who has participated in the Group AA state meet as a member of the 4x400 relay team in the past, has her sights set on qualifying in the hurdle events for this year's state meet.
Grim said that he will continue to work Banks hard over the next week or so before backing off on her workload to prepare for the district meet later this season.
Sherando has a dual meet at Millbrook today and will then travel to Bridgewater for the Turner Ashby Invitational on Saturday.
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