Athlete of the Week: Sherando’s Lane adds jumps to her impressive resume

Davina Lane

STEPHENS CITY — For the last three years Davina Lane has been a standout hurdler and sprinter. Now she can add jumper to her resume.

The Sherando senior is doing jumps for the first time in her stellar career, which includes two Group 4A state titles in hurdles.

“(Sherando) Coach (Jamie McCarty) is like we’re trying to win the conference (21 West) meet. I need to get you in as many things as possible,” Lane said. “I said OK, and I was cool with the jumps. I was like OK we can do the jumps and they’re OK so far.”

Lane, The Northern Virginia Daily’s Athlete of the Week for the week of March 27-April 2, won four events in the Ram Country Track and Field Invitational at Strasburg on April 1.

Lane won the 100-meter hurdles (14.88), the 300 meter hurdles (47.04), the 200-meter dash (26.62) and the long jump. She jumped a 17-03.5 in the long jump, the second best jump in school history. She was also fourth in the triple jump (33-02) and finished with 44 points in the meet.

Lane said she’s still trying to get the technique down, and hopes to do better as the season goes along.

“It’s a good feeling to know that I can do something so well without having the technique to be doing it correctly,” Lane said. “So it’s kind of like, hey if I can get that down I wonder what I could be jumping.”

McCarty said he had talked to Lane about jumping last year, and she had done jumps a few times last year in the indoor track season.

He said she has shown steady improvement since the start of track practice.

“We were surprised for her to jump at 17-03,” McCarty said. “That’s almost a foot and a half from where she was a week prior. But that’s just a testament that she listens and she’s really good at uptake and she understood the things that she was doing wrong.”

McCarty may have also played a role in Lane’s performance in the 100 hurdles.

“(McCarty) made a bet with me and he said I couldn’t break 15 because of the head wind,” Lane said with a smile. “And I said don’t tell me something I can’t do. I ran a 14.8 so he owes me a cheeseburger. Food is definitely a good motivator. I love proving people wrong.”

McCarty said Lane was pushed in the hurdle races by Wilson Memorial’s Emilie Miller, which he said was a good thing.

Lane, who has already signed to run track and field at George Mason University next year, has participated in seven different events so far this year, including the 4×800 relay.

McCarty said that part of the reason they have been putting Lane in different events is to prepare her for the Penn Relays, which will be held on April 27 in Philadelphia. He said Lane plans to run in the 400-meter hurdles.

Lane said she’s looking forward to running at the Penn Relays, where she said her dad has ran before.

“I’m really excited to do that and go against some different people there,” Lane said. “I like going against different competition and people I don’t know.”

The Warriors finished second as a team behind Frederick County rival James Wood at the Ram Country Invitational.

Lane said she feels good about this year’s girls team and what it can do.

As for her individual goals, Lane said she doesn’t feel any pressure being the reigning state champion in both the 100 and 300 meter hurdles.

“People tell me, ‘oh do you feel this pressure because your state champ’, and I’m like no I’m still Davina,” Lane said. “I just do what I have to do and whatever happens, happens. Other people might feel different like ‘she’s a state champ,’ but I just run and have fun.”

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