2016 Girls Track Athlete of the Year: Sherando’s Lane has record-breaking season

Sherando's Davina Lane leaves the competition behind in the 300-meter hurdles earlier this season. Lane won the Group 4A state title in both the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. Rich Cooley/Daily file

STEPHENS CITY — Sherando’s Davina Lane wanted to make the most of her junior track and field season.

So the junior decided to do some conditioning with the cross country team in the fall and run indoor track in the winter season. It paid off for Lane with a record-breaking, state championship outdoor track season. Lane won two state titles and now holds four school records at Sherando.

“That helped me get into shape,” Lane said of her offseason work. “I didn’t think I would end up with two state championships, but I felt like this season was going to be different because I knew I had to work on some stuff, and I knew I was going to listen.”

Lane won the Group 4A state titles in the 100-meter hurdles and the 300-meter hurdles. Last year she finished fifth in the 300’s and sixth in the 100’s, and she said she learned a lot from that experience which helped this year.

She also had a rival to get past in the hurdles — Rock Ridge’s Ashlyn Nolan. Lane had lost to Nolan throughout last season, and then finished second to her again in the 55-meter hurdles this year in indoor track.

Early in the season, Lane finally bested Nolan and said that gave her some confidence.

“At the end of outdoor season last year I said, ‘Ashlyn I’m going to get you next year,’ and she was like,’ I want you to,'” Lane said. “…We just pushed each other and we weren’t like enemies — it was like a frenemies-type thing. We supported each other no mater what we were doing. It was nice to beat her for the first time and it was like ‘wow, I can beat her, so I should beat her for the rest of the season.'”

Lane, The Northern Virginia Daily’s Girls Track Athlete of the Year, did beat her for the rest of the season, including the state meet. Lane ran a personal and school-record 14.43, while Nolan was right behind her in second with a 14.99. Lane said receiving a hug from Nolan after the race was one of her favorite memories from the season.

Lane said she was surprised that she won the 100 hurdles, because she was focused more on the 300’s and didn’t expect to win both hurdles races. Lane won the 300-meter hurdles with a time of 44.35.

“I definitely wanted to do good in the 300’s, because 300’s has not been my best race at states the past two years,” Lane said. “I just always end up dying in the heat — it just gets to me. So it was nice to come out on top this year because 300’s has been a hard race for me.”

Lane said one of the biggest improvements she made this year was with her start. She said worked hard to make sure she got off to better starts than in the past.

“I mostly just like popped out of the blocks, and was passive at the beginning of my races. So I was more like a finisher, because it took more time to get to my top speed because I didn’t explode out of the box,” Lane said. “So this year I was focusing on keeping my head down and exploding out of the blocks, and how to change the adjustments on my blocks to get that done.”

Lane already had the hurdles records entering this season, but showed her versatility by breaking the school records in both the 100-meter dash and the 200-meter dash.

She broke the school record in the 200 during the Conference 21 West meet, and also won the 200 in the Region 4A West meet. Due to weather, the 200-meter dash at the Group 4A state meet was not held until several days after most of the other events. Lane was unable to compete in the event due to being out of town.

Sherando hurdles coach Jamie McCarty said he thinks she could break the 400-meter dash school record next year as well. He said she’s second all-time in that event already.

“I think the 400 record is well within her reach. She has that ability,” McCarty said. “She can do whatever she chooses to do and do all of it well. I think that’s the biggest thing. She’s a great hurdler, but she’s shown the willingness to do other things. She’ll jump on a 4×1 relay even if she hasn’t had a lot of practice. She’ll run a 4×4 leg if we need her there. That’s the thing that sets her apart. Sometimes she doesn’t talk a lot, but she let’s what she does on the track do a lot of talking for her.”

Lane, who won Region 4A West titles in the 100 hurdles, 300 hurdles and the 200, said she was surprised at how well she did in outdoor track. She said that winning two state titles hadn’t really sunk in yet, but she’s very happy with how she did.

“It means a lot to know that my hard work has paid off, because I’ve just worked so hard,” Lane said.

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