Lane, Whiteside. McGill star at Sherando meet

STEPHENS CITY — Davina Lane finished as an all-state performer in three events at last year’s Group 4A outdoor track championships. Perhaps her penultimate exercise was the 300 meter hurdles, where she finished fifth and owns the school record in the event.

Saturday at her Sherando High School, Lane’s 300 event was scratched due to weather. She was pleased.

“Yes, truthfully? I’m happy we didn’t run it, it would have been a mess, considering I was sliding and slipping around out there. I don’t know what would have happened had we had to jump hurdles,” she said.

The second annual Arrowhead Invitational meet officials were smart enough to scratch the 300 hurdles, along with several other events that depended on solid footing once an afternoon snowfall started.

The reason? Even though Saturday’s temperatures stayed just above freezing, soft, fluffy flakes fell from the event’s middle to the end and made surfaces slick. When the 11-team field had completed the outdoor meet, snow covered the Warriors’ football field and rooftops surrounding campus.

With the weather, injuries may have taken their toll.

With a tip-of-the-cap to Sherando boys and girls coach Tom Grim and a group of expert officials, that did not happen.

“An event like this, it’s only successful if you have the right people running it. We had great folks helping us along the way today and the kids fought through it. It was as good as we could have asked,” said the 17th-year coach.

Lane finished first in the 100 meter hurdles with a time of 16.63 and then ran a leg on the Warriors’ 4X400 relay team. It won with a time of 4:45.56.

Sherando coach Grim singled out newcomers Donzailya Berg, who finished second in the girls high jump (4-11.00), and Lora Dennis, who ended up with a time of 1:07.41 to finish third in the girls’ 400 meter dash (1:07.41) for their efforts.

He said of distance marvel Paige Conner “she was steady as usual.”

Sherando’s boys finished runnerups overall for the second straight year. The Warrior men tallied 86.50 points; Skyline was eighth (14) and Randolph-Macon Academy scored a point.

Sherando’s girls tallied 85 points — good for third place — to fifth-place Skyline (24) among the other teams.

Meanwhile, Sherando veteran distance man Trevor Whiteside, who finished second in the 800 meter run at the 2015 Group 4A championships and was part of a school record-setting 4X800 meter relay team that finished fourth at states, continued to do his part for the boys’ team.

Whiteside, a senior headed to run for the Air Force Academy in the fall, also set a school record in the 1,600 meters (4:20.47a) last year.

Obviously, his times failed to meet the state championship level, but Whiteside ran a leg of Saturday’s first-place finishing 4X800 meter relay, along with teammates Thomas Shea, David Restrepo and Thomas Powers (8:22.26).

Whiteside also won the 1,600 meter run (4:36.74) and was a member of the gold-medal-finishing 4X400 relay team (3:43.48).

“If anything, the state meet from last year helped me because it was cold and windy that day, too. Obviously we all had some slower times today because it was good to get out there and prepare,” he said.

Warrior Jacquari Hayes won the boys long jump with a leap of 21-00.50. He finished runnerup in the triple (40-00.00) and ran a leg on the runnerup 4X100 meter relay team. His group finished in 47.20.

Sherando’s Isaiah Allen won the boys’ shot put with a throw of 42-01.00.

On the girls side for the Warriors, sophomore Conner finished first in the 3,200 meter run (12:29.26) and also ran a leg on the fourth-place finishing 4X800 meter relay team.

Otherwise, locally, Skyline’s Olivia McGill picked up where she left off last season. McGill finished second in the 100 meters at the state Group 3A meet with a personal best time of 12.17.

Her Saturday clocking (12.84) was off that mark due to the weather, but it was good enough for first in the inclement weather.

McGill also ran a leg on the girls’ gold winning 4X100 relay team. She, Carrie Hotek, Zaryn Rateb and Shyla Schmitz ran a 55.82 combined to win the Arrowhead event.

Hotek finished fourth in the girls 200 meter dash (30.87).