Sherando’s Lane defends titles at meet

Davina Lane

WINCHESTER — If Sherando’s Davina Lane needed any reassurance after her stellar freshman season last year for the Warriors’ track and field team, she got it Wednesday evening at the Conference 21 meet at Millbrook High School.

Lane defended all three of her conference titles from a season ago, as she won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash while breaking or closely contesting school records in those events along the way.

“It’s nice to know that I’m still on top and I haven’t gone anywhere,” Lane said moments after earning her third and final win of the meet in the 200. “And I’m still improving.”

Lane’s victories — three of seven combined conference championships won between Sherando’s boys and girls squads — led the Warriors’ girls to a third-place finish with a total of 83.33 points. James Wood won the girls championship with 135 points.

Sherando’s boys (102 points), who won four individual event championships on Wednesday, also placed third behind champion Loudoun County (173) and Millbrook (130).

Lane, who said she came close to a new personal record in the 100 hurdles at a last-chance event at Millbrook last week, accomplished that feat in her first race of the day on Wednesday. The sophomore won the 100 hurdles in a blistering time of 15.18 seconds to set a new school record.

“In my 100’s race I was really high over the first [hurdle] and I was talking to myself during my race,” said Lane, a defending Region 4A North champ in the 300 hurdles. “And then I progressed and I ended up [setting a personal record].”

Lane narrowly missed beating her own school record in the 300 hurdles (45.64) with her winning time of 45.68, and her first-place time of 25.64 seconds in the 200 was less than two-tenths of a second off Sherando’s current school record.

“That’s the kind of athlete she is and that’s the kind of athlete we know she is,” Warriors coach Tom Grim said. “She’s starting to take on a little more of a role and hopefully as she gets a little older here in the years coming she’s still [going to] step up and take on an even bigger role. I think she can do a lot more in the field events, but she’s amazing on the track and you can’t take that away from her.”

The Warriors’ boys had a strong showing in the field events, as senior Trent McCarty won the discus and the shot put while sophomore Jacquari Hayes placed first in the long jump (personal best 20 feet, 11 inches) and third in the triple jump.

“Jacquari had a good day and he and I had been talking, I wanted to see him do better later in the jumps. And that’s what he did today,” Grim said. “Some of his better jumps were later in the series instead of bopping a good one on the first one and then going downhill. Today he kind of progressed and went out there and did that.”

Though McCarty won the discus, he threw well short of his personal-best mark (152 feet, 11 inches) with his winning heave of 135-10, a performance he attributed to his poor grip on the discus and inability to consistently stay within the painted circle on his throws. But the senior delivered a personal-best performance in the shot put with a winning throw of 46-00.50.

“The past couple meets I’ve been following through with the shot instead of kind of putting away from it,” McCarty said. “I’ve been completing my glides. I’m starting to get a little bit more distance each time.”

Sherando’s boys 4×400 relay team, comprised of David Restrepo, Timothy Coleman, Jahlil Northover and Trevor Whiteside, closed the track events with a winning performance. Their time of 3:30.64 also qualified that group for the state meet.

Whiteside, who also raced to second-place finishes in the boys 800 (1:59.59) and 1,600 (personal-best 4:20.47) earlier in the day, said Wednesday was one of the rare times when Sherando was able to use its “A” squad for the 4×400 relay.

“Having a PR through that [1,600] and then having to go to an [800] to finishing in a 4×4, it was a really tough day for me,” Whiteside said. “Throughout this past week [coach has] been saying if you’re able to do many events back-to-back, it strengthens you. It makes you stronger and it makes you more ready for things to come.

“I wanted it for them,” Whiteside added of the 4×400 relay. “After that mile I wasn’t feeling too well. I had a really bad headache, but I thought if I just get through that 800 and be able to sacrifice most of that [4×400] for these guys then it would really cheer me up a little bit more. I’d rather get them to states.”

Jonah Pearson added a second-place finish for the Warriors in the boys 3,200-meter run (10:08.03). The Warriors’ girls received third-place efforts from Ania Summers (100-meter dash, 13.07 seconds), Katie Rogers (800-meter run, 2:26.94) and Paige Conner (3,200-meter run, 12:09.07).

The top six individuals from each event and the top three relay teams on Wednesday qualified for the Region 4A North meet, which will be held May 28 at Woodgrove.

Contact staff writer Brad Fauber at 540-465-5137 ext. 161, or bfauber@nvdaily.com