By Tommy Keeler Jr.
HARRISONBURG -- Davina Lane wasn't sure what to expect coming into Saturday's Group 4A state track meet at Harrisonburg High School. The Sherando freshman certainly left the meet more experienced and with two medals.
Lane placed fourth in the 100 hurdles (15.34) and eighth in the 300 hurdles (46.59).
Now I know what states is like, Lane said. "And when I come back next year, hopefully, I can come back and do all the things better."
Lane set a personal record in the 100 hurdles, and said getting off to a strong start was a key for her.
"My starts in the prelims were really great and they were better on the finals than they were [in the prelims], Lane said. "It felt great."
Lane was seeded fifth in the 300 hurdles. Sherando coach Tom Grim said the state meet was definitely a good learning experience for her.
"I think she learned a lot today," Sherando coach Tom Grim said. "I think she learned what's going to need to happen if she wants to be the one on the middle podium. You just grow from that."
The Warriors finished tied for 28th in the girls meet, and tied for 23rd in the boys meet.
One of the biggest highlights of the meet for the Warriors came on Friday night.
Sherando's 4x800 relay team placed second, and broke a school record. The quartet consisted of Trevor Whiteside, Justin Hammer, Daniel Snapp and Ryan Hindle.
The Warriors time in the event was 8:01.58.
"It was crazy coming out here, and we were seeded third, so we knew we had a legitimate shot of not only getting in the top three, but breaking our school record," Hindle said. "The last 100 all I could think about was running for these guys on my team.
Hindle said breaking the school record was extra special because the quartet are very close.
"I can't even express into words how much it means to me to have our names up there with some of my best friends, not only teammates, but best friends," Hindle said.
Whitside said the record meant a lot to him, because of the two seniors -- Snapp and Hindle.
"I ran because -- [Hindle] and Daniel Snapp --this would be their last four-by-eight, and I wanted to give it my all and make sure they got that school record," Whiteside said. "Leave their name up, keep that legend going."
Whiteside was eighth in the 800 (1:58.86), while Hindle finished 10th (1:59.78). Snapp finished 15th in the 800 (2:01.57).
Thomas Shea was 12th in the 3,200 (10:16.16), but wasn't feeling well according to Grim and so they scratched him for the 1,600. Sherando's Donovan Walton finished ninth in the discus (134-05). Josh Ojo finished 20th in the 100 with a time of 11.31.
Alaina Combs finished 10th in the discus (103-04) on Friday, and 15th in the shot put (33-04) on Saturday.
The 4A girls meet was won by Nansemond River with 103 points. The 4A boys meet was won by E.C. Glass with 97 points.
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