Sherando’s Lane wins three titles
SOUTH RIDING — Davina Lane has had plenty of accomplishments in her track and field career. On Wednesday she added another one.
The Sherando junior won three regional titles to help lead the Warriors to a seventh-place finish in the Region 4A West meet held at Freedom High School.
“It feels great, especially not running on this track before and not knowing what to expect and just coming out here and doing the best that I can and coming out on top,” Lane said of her three titles.
Lane won both the 100- (15.12) and 300-meter hurdles (46.31). She was the top seed in both events. She said the 100 hurdles meant a lot to her.
“I was really happy that I finally won my 100-meter hurdles at regionals, because my freshman and sophomore year I got second in them and that’s kind of disappointing. But this year I finally got it. I was really excited about that.”
Lane was seeded second in the 200-meter dash, and she said she knew she was going to have to have a strong race to win it.
She got off to a quick start and wasn’t seriously challenged as she won her third race of the day with a time of 25.87.
“I knew it was going to be a fun race. So I was just going to give it my all, because who knows what might happen,” Lane said. “… One thing I’ve really been working on this year is my start, because I’m normally like a jack-in-the-box and pop straight up. So I’ve been trying to keep my head down and just explode out of my blocks this year, and I’ve been doing it mostly this season. That’s what I need to help get me started for my races.”
Sherando senior Trevor Whiteside made sure his last 1,600-meter run of his career was a memorable one. Whiteside set a new personal record and won the 1,600 in a time of 4:18.45.
Whiteside said he was hoping to get to 4:14 and break the school record, but he was very happy to move into second place in Sherando’s record books with his new time.
“Winning was beside the point, I wasn’t actually focused on winning,” Whiteside said. “I was more focused on the PR.”
Whiteside finished second in the 1,600 last week in the Conference 21 West meet, and he said he wanted to learn from that race.
“I was pretty happy with it, because I came out strong with the first 200,” Whiteside said. “From there I knew that at conference the second lap was the one that killed me. So I especially paid a lot of focus on that second lap. My coach always says that the third lap is the hardest. So not only did I have to focus on the second, but I had to focus on the third as well. So that whole middle (of the race) I was just in the zone.
“… Then the fourth lap just came naturally, and I just didn’t want anybody to pass me. I had to put all my heart into it.”
Whiteside for next week’s Group 4A state meet is just going to run in the 800-meter run and on the 4×800-meter relay.
Sherando’s Isaiah Allen placed third in the shot put (47-08). The freshman said he didn’t have his best day, but he was still pleased to be advancing to next week’s Group 4A state meet.
“Today was kind of just like a mental preparation day,” Allen said. “I didn’t want to come out and choke. I wanted to come out, get something decent – 47 (feet) – that’s still good. That’s still close to a PR. So I’m proud to do that. … (Going to states) is a great accomplishment. I would have never thought at the beginning of the season I would be here at regionals, let alone placing with the big dogs. So that feels great.”
Sherando’s Alexander Martinez finished fourth in the discus (134-01). In the girls discus, Sherando’s Cana Curtis was sixth (106-04) and teammate Allison Combs was seventh (105-05).
Sherando’s David Restrepo placed third in the 300 hurdles with a time of 42.42. Sherando’s Thomas Shea placed sixth in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:57.22. Sherando’s boys were without Jacquari Hayes, who was out due to an ankle injury.
In the girls 3,200-meter run, Sherando had a trio of runners in the top 12. Victoria Resse placed seventh (12:08.24), Olivia Couillard was 10th (12:21.16) and Paige Conner was 12th (12:26.40).
The Warriors were ninth in the boys meet with 28 points. Sherando’s girls finished with 37 points. E.C. Glass won the girls meet with 68.5 points. Liberty Christian Academy and William Fleming finished tied for first in the boys meet with 79 points.
There were some issues with times for some events and they later adjusted the times for some of the events. Sherando coach Tom Grim said they might adjust more times later Wednesday evening.
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