Warriors have strong hopes for state indoor track meet

Trevor Whiteside

STEPHENS CITY – Sherando is in a good position to have some success at this weekend’s Group 4A state indoor track meet at Liberty University.

The Warriors have five athletes who will be participating in the two-day state meet, which begins today.

Sherando senior Trevor Whiteside will be running in the 3,200- and the 1,000-meter runs. Whiteside won the 1,000-meter run in the Region 4A West meet last Saturday at Liberty University and set a new regional record.

Sherando assistant indoor track coach Tim Ritter said that Whiteside’s success in cross country, where he finished 11th in the state meet, set him up for a good indoor and outdoor season.

“I think the background he got in cross country propelled him in indoor season,” Ritter said. “He’s worked real hard and he’s set himself up by having a good cross country season. …In the 1,000 he’s ranked second, but he’s real close to the guy who’s got the best time. I think there’s a chance. Everybody’s dream is to win a state championship.”

Davina Lane

Whiteside won the 1,600 in the regional meet, but chose to run the 3,200 instead at the state meet because the 1,000 and the 1,600 are run very close together. Whiteside is the only boy to qualify for the state meet.

Sherando finished 11th in the regional boys meet, and tied for eighth in the girls meet.

Sherando junior Davina Lane also has her sights set on a possible state championship. Lane will compete in the high jump, the 55-meter hurdles and the 300-meter run.

Lane also played basketball this season, and didn’t get to train and practice with the team full time. Still, she finished second in the 55-meter hurdles at the regional meet.

Sherando head indoor track coach Tom Grim said Lane has her work cut out for her.

“(Rock Ridge’s Ashlyn Nolan) tore her up last year, and Saturday Davina showed her what she was made of. She came out of the blocks and it was 8 inches at the finish line. … I would expect she could place in the top three, which would be successful for her for as little as she’s been out there,” Grim said.

Sherando sophomore Donzailya Berg will be competing in the high jump, where she finished second in the region meet.

Berg had a jump of 5-1, which was a new personal record. She said she hopes to place in the top six and to improve on her jump.

“I got a 5-1 at regionals, and I almost got a 5-2, so I know I can get a 5-2,” Berg said. “(At regionals) that was a really big improvement for me. … I kind of hit the barrier when I got to 5 feet (earlier this season), and I got that knocked down when I got to regionals somehow.”

Berg and Lane will be part of Sherando’s 4×200 relay team along with Ania Summers and freshman Alora Dennis. The quartet finished third in the regional meet.

Grim said that they have a good mix on the relay team.

“Ania Summers made it all the way to the state meet last year in the 100. She’s somebody with experience,” Grim said. “So we got a couple nice experienced people with people that aren’t quite as experienced on the track.”

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