Male Athlete of the Week: Sherando’s Whiteside becoming top runner

Trevor Whiteside

STEPHENS CITY — Trevor Whiteside is turning into a distance runner.

The Sherando senior started out his high school career trying to be a sprinter on the track team, but as the years passed he’s learned that running longer distances suits him just fine.

Whiteside ran cross country as a sophomore, splitting time on the golf team as well. Last year he ran only cross country for the first time and the results started to show, and they’ve only become stronger this year.

“He’s kind of started to figure out now that he’s not just an 800 runner (in outdoor track). Cross country is something that he can be really good at also,” Sherando cross country coach Jamie McCarty said. “He’s worked hard and he’s really competed.”

This past weekend was a perfect example of how far Whiteside has come. He finished sixth in the Knight Crossing Invitational at Cave Spring High School with a new Personal Record time of 16:06, which was 30 seconds better than his previous PR.

“I wanted to go out and give everything that I had just to see what it felt like to get a time like that,” Whiteside said of the race. “It actually hurt, but it felt good in the end just to know what I was capable of.”

His performance helped Whiteside earn The Northern Virginia Daily’s Male Athlete of the Week for the week of Sept. 7-13.

Whiteside said that he started off a little slow in his first two meets of the year, so he made it a goal to start off stronger in the Knights Crossing Invitational and he accomplished that.

“I came out with a 4:56 (in the first mile), so that kind of started me out fairly well,” Whiteside said. “Then I just tried to do from there what I usually do, which is just try to speed up my pace a little bit and keep looking towards the guys in front of me and just try to get each one, one at a time, and it worked out pretty well.”

Whiteside had a solid season last year in cross country and qualified for the Group 4A state meet, where he finished 21st with a PR.

That success carried over into the outdoor track season. Whiteside placed second in the 800 last season with a time of 1:55.23, and was part of the fourth-place 4×800 relay team.

During the track season he was able to run with some of the top distance runners in the state, and he said that also helped his confidence.

“In past cross country seasons I haven’t been able to be up there with them,” Whiteside said. “Now since I just got my PR, and I’m still looking ahead and trying to beat that every race, it makes me more confident in myself that my times are right where those other guys are. So it makes me feel like If I can run with the big dogs then I can be a big dog.”

Whiteside said he is ranked No. 2 in the state in Group 4A according to the milestat website. McCarty said that Whiteside has given the team a consistent top runner, which has helped the team as a whole do better.

This summer Whiteside and many of his teammates put in a lot of time training for the upcoming season, and he said the hard work is paying off. Whiteside said that the Warriors, who placed fourth in the Knights Crossing Invitational, are ranked second in the state in Group 4A according to the milestat website.

“We were wanting to be there every day and being able to train to get better, because we knew that compared to last year we actually have a very good chance at wining states,” Whiteside of the summer training. “Our main goal is winning states. We just want to take it as far was we can.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com