Female Athlete of the Week: Sherando’s Lane adds another record

Davina Lane

STEPHENS CITY — Davina Lane is leaving quite a mark on Sherando’s record books.

The Sherando junior track athlete picked up her third school record in girls track and field on Saturday in the Apple Blossom Invitational held at James Wood.

She ran a 12.63 in the 100-meter run to break the school record that was held by Sherando graduates Latasha Watson and Lauren Wilkins.

“It was a nice feeling because my coach has been wanting me to get it for a while,” Lane said. “He’s been telling me, ‘Oh you can get it.'”

Lane already has the school records for the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, which are the races she focuses on the most.

She said she mostly just runs the 100-meter run to help her with the hurdles and to help the team.

“The 100 is just another race for me to work on my starts, because I don’t really have the best starts,” Lane said. “So if your start isn’t good from the beginning, it’s kind of hard to pick yourself back up. So that race helps me learn.”

Lane also won the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles in the Apple Blossom Invitational on Saturday. Her all-around performance helped earn her The Northern Virginia Daily’s Female Athlete of the Week for the week of April 18-24.

Lane said that she was surprised she won the 300 hurdles, because she didn’t feel like she had a great time. She’s only run the 300 hurdles twice this year due to weather canceling some of the invitationals.

“I did win my 300 race, but my time was not good at all. My form died on the last three hurdles,” Lane said. “I just happened to finish the race in first.”

Lane said she was happy with her time in the 100-meter hurdles (14.99). She said it was just .02 off of her personal best.

She was also able to beat Rock Ridge’s Ashlyn Nolan in both the 100 and 300 hurdles. The two have been rivals for a year now. Nolan beat Lane last year throughout much of the season and then again in indoor track season.

Lane finished second to Nolan in the 55-meter hurdles in the Group 4A indoor track state meet in February. Earlier this season, Lane finally beat Nolan and did it again on Saturday.

“It was definitely a great feeling,” Lane said of beating Nolan earlier this year. “It was nice to know that I can beat her, so I can do it again.”

Lane said the two are friendly with each other and encourage each other before races. She said that she enjoys racing against Nolan.

“I like racing against her, because we definitely push each other and make each other better,” Lane said.

Lane ran indoor track this season for the first time, while also playing basketball. She said that running indoor track definitely has helped get ready for the outdoor track season.

“I’m in much better shape now than I was last season,” Lane said. “I can definitely feel it, especially in my 300s race because that race is a very hard race to run. It’s nice to know that my endurance is getting better, and I can run faster.”

Lane scored 26 of Sherando’s 45 points on Saturday, which was enough to put the Warriors in a tie for second place as a team.

Her versatility gives the team a lot of options in the postseason. Sherando coach Tom Grim said he wasn’t sure what events she would run in the postseason, besides the 100 and 300 hurdles, but it’s nice to have options.

Last year Lane finished sixth in the 100 hurdles in the Group 4A state meet, and she said this year she just wants to have a faster time.

“Last year at states I got there 20 minutes before the 100 meter hurdles race, and it was really stressful. I thought I ran really bad, but it turns out I PR’d,” Lane said. “So it’s just nice to know I was running with them, even though I still got sixth. So I’m hoping I can run with them again and maybe get a higher place this time.”

No matter how she does in the state meet, Lane will have her name in the Sherando record books for quite some time.

“I knew she was fast, but to break our school record in the 100 that was pretty special. That’s pretty good,” Lane said. “When you break a record – that put her in really special company, especially to hold three of them.”

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