Sherando’s Lane wins hurdle titles
HARRISONBURG – Davina Lane had accomplished plenty during the first two seasons of her track and field career at Sherando High School.
She had broken and re-broken school records, claimed conference championships and won a regional meet title. But the junior hurdler/sprinter, perhaps hindered by the pressure she placed on herself in the season finale each of her first two seasons, had never ended a season a winner in the state championship meet.
For some reason that Lane can’t quite pinpoint, Saturday’s weather-shortened Group 4A state track and field championship meet at Harrisonburg High School was different. And when Lane left Harrisonburg after the meet was called following a two-hour weather delay, she did so a champion in both the girls 100-meter and 300-meter hurdles.
“It means a lot because my placing in states has really been inconsistent the past two years, so it was nice to just win both and just get it over with,” Lane said.
In what has become typical Davina Lane fashion, the Warriors junior didn’t just settle for first place in her first event of the meet, the 100 hurdles. She broke her previous school record with her winning time of 14.43 seconds, knocking three-tenths of a second off her previous mark.
“I just knew that I had to get it on that race because I know I’m a strong finisher but it’s better to just throw it all together as one and have a nice start and a nice finish, and a nice middle, because I normally float in the middle of my races,” said Lane, the school record holder in both hurdle events, the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. “I just felt like I had to push through that race.”
Lane continued that momentum in the 300 hurdles, as she won the race in a time of 44.35 seconds.
“I was like, ‘Well, I think I’m having a good day so why not continue it,'” Lane said with a laugh. “Even though that race I went over with my opposite lead leg over all the hurdles but one. But it was OK.”
Lane’s three regional championships last week included a win in the 200, but she didn’t get a chance to compete in that event Saturday as Mother Nature intervened following the Group 3A girls 800-meter run. The remaining sections of the 800 were canceled, as were the 200 and 4×400 relay events.
Lane was the only Sherando athlete to end the day with a state championship medal, but she wasn’t the only Warrior to take home hardware. Trevor Whiteside (boys 1,600), Isaiah Allen (boys shot put), Allison Combs (girls discus) and Donzailya Berg (girls high jump) each earned all-state medals with top-eight finishes in their respective events.
Sherando’s boys 4×800 relay team – consisting of the senior quartet of Thomas Shea, Thomas Powars, James Kelly and Whiteside – placed third in the event on Friday evening while running a school-record time of 7:58.60. It marked the first time a Sherando 4×800 relay team has completed the race in less than eight minutes, according to Warriors head coach Tom Grim.
On Saturday, Whiteside returned with a second-place individual finish in the 1,600, as he finished the race in a time of 4:19.99. The senior crossed the finish line a second and a half slower than Millbrook’s Tyler Cox-Philyaw.
Grim said Whiteside chose the 1,600 over the 800, the latter of which featured Loudoun Valley standout Andrew Hunter.
“Knowing that Andrew was running the 800 he thought maybe he had a shot at it. He went after the 16,” Grim said of Whiteside. “I’m not saying he could win, but it was not as likely that he would win the (800).”
Allen, a freshman, made his state track meet debut a success Friday evening with a fourth-place showing in the boys shot put. He achieved his placing heave of 51 feet on his final throw of the finals.
“I hoped to just do a little bit better. I just wanted to kind of PR (Friday), but I was an inch off of my PR, so that’s still great for me,” Allen said. “I was very impressed. I kind of was having a little bit of an off serires and then on my last throw I popped one out there. That definitely got me excited and made me feel good that I could prove that I could get it out there again.”
Also on Friday, Combs capped her senior season with a fifth-place effort in the girls discus on the strength of a throw of 110-05. Berg, a sophomore, finished tied for fifth in the girls high jump (5-00).
Sherando’s girls placed sixth in the team standings with 27 points, while the boys were ninth (19). E.C. Glass won the Group 4A team championship, while Liberty Christian won the boys title.
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