Warriors’ McCarty wins state title in discus
HARRISONBURG – Trent McCarty failed to advance past the regional track and field meet in each of the past two seasons. At the Group 4A meet at Harrisonburg High School on Saturday, the Sherando senior became a state champion.
McCarty capped his final year as a Warrior by claiming the top spot in the boys discus on Saturday morning. Sherando head coach Tom Grim said he thinks McCarty’s state championship is the first for the Warriors since 2008.
“It’s huge,” McCarty said. “To bring this back to Sherando is definitely a huge accomplishment for me. Not making it past the region meet two years in a row and then coming here and winning is unbelievable.”
McCarty entered the Group 4A state meet as the top seed in the boys discus and said he took the lead Saturday morning with a throw of 148 feet several attempts before the finals. That throw on its own would’ve been enough to top the field but the senior made sure he put himself out of reach with a toss of 151 feet, 4 inches in his second-to-last throw of the finals.
“I definitely didn’t think a 148 was going to do it so I had to push myself a little bit further, try and get myself a little bit more comfort,” said McCarty, who placed fifth in the shot put (49-04) during the first day of the state track meet on Friday. “My last throw I kind of went out there and went for it. It didn’t go as good as I wanted it to but that 151 did it for me but that was OK.”
McCarty, who also won the Conference 21 and Region 4A North championships in the discus, experienced a scare prior to the conference meet when he suffered a shoulder injury during a game of flag football. Grim said McCarty’s state title is the result of the senior’s work ethic.
“It just shows you what hard work will do,” Grim said. “He was the epitome of lifting, getting in the gym, doing what he needed to do. At the beginning of the year Coach [Tim] Combs had him doing all these footwork drills and stuff like that, which he wasn’t real happy with. He wanted to throw. … But he did the little things and that’s what got him where was. Paying attention to all the little details.”
On the girls side for the Warriors, sophomore Davina Lane continued to build off her strong debut last season by earning all-state honors in all three of her events on Saturday.
Lane placed fifth in the 300-meter hurdles (45.21) and sixth in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 200-meter dash. The sophomore’s time of 14.97 second in the 100 hurdles lowered her own Sherando school record.
The top eight finishers in each event earned all-state medals.
“I’m pretty happy with it. I didn’t have a lot of time to warm up for my 100’s because I got here like 20 minutes before the race began,” said Lane, who clipped the final two hurdles during the race and still managed to top her previous best time of 15.14 seconds. “After my race I was very upset because I got sixth place and I thought it was an awful time. But then my coach told me I broke 15 and I was like, what? I was so excited.”
Lane said she also surprised herself with her sixth-place finish in the 200-meter dash (22.69 seconds), as she didn’t expect to even qualify for the event’s final heat during the preliminary round Friday evening.
Sherando junior Trevor Whiteside also had a productive day for the Warriors, as he placed second in the boys 800-meter run a day after helping lead Sherando’s boys 4×800 relay team to a fourth-place finish in a school record time of 8:00.58 on Friday.
Whiteside, who chose not to participate in the 1,600-meter run Saturday in order to stay fresh for the 800, finished a half a second behind Fauquier’s Raul Chavez as he couldn’t quite overtake Chavez over the final 100 meters of the half-mile race.
“I tried to save it all until the end but once I hit the [700-meter mark] I already gave most of it so it was hard to give it everything I had and put it on the track after that,” Whiteside said.
“I’m overall happy with it. I pushed myself as hard as I could. Gave my best effort and that’s all I was hoping for. That’s all I wanted as a personal goal.”
Junior Thomas Shea, who ran alongside Whiteside, Jahlil Northover and Jonah Pearson on the Warriors’ record-setting 4×800 relay team, placed eighth in the boys 3,200-meter run (10.09.61) despite entering Saturday ranked last out of the 25 qualified participants.
Sophomore Jacquari Hayes also earned all-state honors for Sherando this past weekend, as he placed fifth in the boys triple jump (44-10.50) Friday after entering competition ranked 19th.
Sherando’s boys placed sixth as a team, tallying 32 points.
“The kids stepped up at the right time,” Grim said. “That’s why you’ve got to come and run the race. That’s why we don’t just mail it in.”
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