Sherando’s Whiteside wins indoor track state title

Trevor Whiteside

STEPHENS CITY – Trevor Whiteside finished second in state meets twice last year, but on Saturday he finally got the top prize.

The Sherando senior won the 1,000-meter run state title in the Group 4A indoor track state meet at Liberty University. Whiteside said he was physically hurting after the meet, but it was all worth it.

“After the meet I felt bad and my coach kept saying, ‘Oh it’s going to feel better soon,'” Whiteside said Monday afternoon. “He said, ‘I know it probably hurts a lot right now, but once that gets over it’s going to feel really good,’ and it definitely does. I’ve been working for this for three years now.”

Whiteside entered the meet as the second seed but knew he had a good shot of finishing first.

He said he passed Grafton’s Miles Owens right before they began the final lap, and Whiteside said he knew he had to give it everything he had left.

“Right before they rang the bell (for the final lap) I tried to get around (Owens), and secure the first-place spot before the last lap. Once they rang the bell for the last lap it gave me a boost,” Whiteside said. “It motivated me. So I just started to pick it up, and I just tried to drive through that whole last lap as hard as I could. At the very end my head just started pounding. I just knew that whatever happens this is what I’ve worked for this whole season and once I ended it, it was just a really good moment.”

Whiteside ran a 2:31.29, which was his best time of the season. Owens was second with a 2:32.92.

“I think mentally, physically, he focused on this race to get that championship,” Sherando assistant track coach Tim Ritter said. “… I think the confidence has jumped. Running cross country, the endurance helped him in indoor, and this will obviously help him in the outdoor.”

Last year Whiteside placed second in the 1,000-meter run to Powhatan’s Austin Conway by thirteen-hundredths of a second.

He also finished second in the Group 4A outdoor state track meet in the 800-meter run to Fauquier’s Raul Chavez by half a second. He said the two losses helped motivate him to win a state championship this year.

“Everybody keeps saying second is still good, well as a runner and as a competitor in anything, everybody wants to be first in the things that they’re good at,” Whiteside said. “Just knowing that I’m not the best, it really made me want to work harder and put more time into training over the summer for cross country. And a lot more into taking time to stretch and all those things that are very critical in the training process, and that I took for granted in the past couple seasons. And now this year every single practice counts – I’ve learned that the hard way.”

Sherando coaches Tom Grim and Ritter both said they believe Whiteside is the first Sherando boy to win an individual state title in indoor track.

Whiteside said he now has sights set on breaking the 1,600-meter run school record for outdoor track, which has already started practicing for the upcoming season. He said he also wants to win a state title in outdoor track.

“There’s only been a couple runners in Sherando history that have gotten state titles and they’ve only gotten one,” Whiteside said. “So if I go from indoor and get one from indoor and one from outdoor, then I’ll be the first runner in Sherando history to get two state titles and that is definitely what I want to aim for.”

Whiteside wasn’t the only Warrior who enjoyed success on Saturday. Sherando junior Davina Lane placed second in the girls 55-meter hurdles (8.46) and sixth in the girls 300-meter run (42.03). Sherando sophomore Donzailya Berg finished second in the girls high jump (5-0).

“Davina’s getting closer to (Rock Ridge’s Ashlyn Nolan). Another two steps and I think she would have had her,” Grim said. “Donzailya did a wonderful job. She was ranked 11th (going in) and finished second. I told her, ‘You know, 5-2 will place you.’ I didn’t realize how good it would have placed her. … Donzailya had an awesome indoors this year.”

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