McCarty, Lane capture titles for Warriors
PURCELLVILLE — Every team wants to peak at the right time. On Thursday, Sherando’s boys track and field team showed it is doing just that.
The Warriors finished third (51 points) in the Region 4A North track meet at Woodgrove High School. Sherando had several athletes PR and qualify for next week’s Group 4A state meet.
Leading the way for Sherando was senior Trent McCarty, who won the discus and placed second in the shot put.
McCarty PR’d in both events, including by over four feet in the shot put.
“I was having a really good day. I think I throw it best when it’s hot,” McCarty said. “When I started throwing shot put I felt pretty good in warm-ups.”
McCarty threw a 50-09.00 in the shot put, and said he really wanted to qualify for states in that, having already qualified in the discus early in the season.
“I just went out and went for it,” McCarty said. “Go for broke is what my dad always tells us, so that’s what I did.”
McCarty won the discus with a throw of 155-07, over 15 feet more than Courtland’s Ben Beatty, who placed second. McCarty PR’d by almost three feet in the discus.
He said due to a small injury, he hasn’t been able to lift in the weight room like he wanted to until recently and that has helped him out the last few weeks.
“I’m starting to get a little more of my strength back,” McCarty said.
Sherando’s Davina Lane had a strong day to lead the girls team to a ninth-place finish (34 points). Lane won the 300-meter hurdles with a PR time of 44.59. She also placed second in the 100 hurdles (15.14) and the 200-meter dash (25.95).
In the 300 hurdles, Lane She said she just missed the PR in the conference meet, and one of her coaches told her to go for a 44.9 — her previous PR was a 45.68. The sophomore built a solid lead and won by almost a full second despite stumbling on the final hurdle.
“I was just really tired and I came up on the wrong leg and it just ended up like that,” Lane said. “I thought it was going to cost me the 44.”
It was the second straight regional title for Lane in the 300 hurdles, and she also had a better time than last year.
“It feels good to know that I’m improving, and that I haven’t just peaked and I’m going downhill,” Lane said. “I’m really scared of that, because freshman year I had such a good year and I thought I wouldn’t be able to beat those marks again.”
Trevor Whiteside also had a very solid day for the Warriors. The junior placed second in the 800 (1:57.03) and third in the 1,600 (4:25.98).
Whiteside that he wasn’t feeling great for the 800 because of how much the 1,600 took out of him, but he knew the team needed the points. He was able to pass a couple runners in the last 200 meters to finish second.
“It starts building up — that adrenaline — and as came around that turn I passed a couple people,” Whiteside said. “I could just feel it all through my blood. It’s like I got to start moving. I knew that if I don’t move, I won’t get the place that I want for my team.”
Sherando freshman Paige Conner ran her way into states individually. Conner, who was seeded seventh, finished fourth in the 3,200 (12:00.15). She started off slowly, but steadily moved her way up lap after lap.
“I stayed in the back. I was in last place for probably the first lap, because I knew they would take it out fast and some of them can handle it but others couldn’t,” Conner said. “So I knew if I was patient and waited, I’d catch them eventually and that’s what I did.
” … Going with the 4×8 team is fun, but it’s really fun to do an individual race. I got here by myself. It just makes you feel good, makes you proud.”
Sherando’s Thomas Shea also qualified for the state meet with his sixth-place finish in the 3,200 (10:09.18). Shea entered the meet as the 15th seed. The junior said his goal is to qualify for states every year.
“It feels great,” Shea said. “Any time you place higher than you’re seeded, that feels great.”
Sherando’s Jacquari Hayes finished fifth in the triple jump (42-00.25) and seventh in the long jump (20-06.00). Jonah Pearson placed seventh in the 3,200 (10:19.03). Sherando’s boys 4×800 team of Shea, Pearson, Jahlil Northover and Thomas Powars finished second (8:11.05).
Sophomore Ania Summers placed sixth in the girls 100 (13.05).
E.C. Glass won the girls meet with 79.5 points, while Fauquier took home top prize on the boys side with 76.5 points.
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