Whiteside helps lead Warriors to sweep
FRONT ROYAL — Trevor Whiteside is a distance runner, but he’s showing this season he can do a little bit of everything.
The Sherando junior has been doing a solid job this season in the 400 meters and added another win in the event on Wednesday evening. Whiteside won the 400 against some stiff local competition and helped lead Sherando to a sweep of a six-team meet held at Skyline.
Whiteside said he knew coming in to the meet that Warren County’s Michael Mallery had the top time — a 51.8. Whiteside was able to pass Mallery and Skyline’s Landon Holben and hold them off down the stretch. Holben placed second and Mallery third.
“I got [Mallery] at the 3 and I just said ‘finish strong, you’ll be able to keep it up,” Whiteside said. “I like getting good competition because it makes me push harder.”
Whitside finished with a time of 52.26. He said he’s already qualified for states in the 1,600, the 3,200 and as part of the 4×800 relay.
Being a distance runner, Whiteside he has to have a different mentality during the 400, which he said he uses as more of a speed workout.
“I try to think the distance is shorter, I got to make sure I use more of my speed than I do on all of the other ones,” Whiteside said. “My speed isn’t the top and I know that, and I’m OK with that but I just use it to help myself get a little bit better in the long run.”
Sherando won the boys meet with 170 points, followed by Skyline with 131, William Monroe 71, Warren County 62 and Madison County 56.
The Warriors won the girls meet with 204 points, followed by Skyline (82), Warren County (75.50), Madison County (48), William Monroe (45.50) and R-MA (12).
Skyline freshman Olivia McGill continued her strong season as she won both the 100 (12.91) and the 200 (26.65). She topped Sherando’s Davina Lane in both races.
McGill said she’s surprised herself with how well she’s done in her first varsity track season.
“I’m very impressed,” McGill said. “Everyone tells me I’m an amazing runner, and I thank them for telling me that. It’s inspiration and motivation. It’s very exciting.”
Sherando senior Andi Crosby won the 1,600 with a time of 5:41.65. Crosby said a back injury at the end of the indoor track season slowed her down at the start of the season, but she feels like she’s getting better as the year goes on.
“I feel like I’m a little behind compared to where I was during indoor, but it’s still been a pretty good season,” Crosby said.
Warren County’s Taryn Post won the 100 hurdles (18.33) and finished second in the 300 hurdles (52.14). She also was part of Warren County’s winning 4×100 relay team (54.41).
Post she enjoyed competing against Madison County’s Katie Berry in the 300 hurdles. Berry was able to pull it out down the stretch.
“I was proud to have [Berry] pushing me,” Post said. “I felt like I did my best. I feel good about it.”
Warren County’s Scarlet Riehl won the high jump (4-10) and teammate Diamond Maldonado won the long jump (15-06.25). Sherando’s Allison Combs won the discus with a throw of 103-03. Sherando’s Gillian Liedke won the 3,200 with a time of 12:44.33.
R-MA’s Somkenechukwu Madichie won the shot put with a throw of 30-06.50. R-MA coach Joshua Ilnicki said it’s the first year Madichie, a junior, has thrown the shot put.
“She is doing amazing in the shot put,” Ilnicki said. “The last few meets she’s just been progressively getting better and better. I think all of her hard work and effort’s finally come through the last meet of the year, and she’s definitely a shining star coming up in the sport.”
Skyline’s Jamal Parker won the 100 (11.24), the long jump (21-07.00) and the triple jump (44-02.50). Sherando’s Jahlil Northover won the 1,600 (4:49.49) and teammate Tom Powars won the 3,200 (10:11.41).
Sherando’s Jonah Pearson captured the 800 with a time of 2:05.45.
“That boy is just an athlete,” Sherando coach Tom Grim said of Pearson. “He’s a golfer, who comes out and runs track in the spring.”
Warren County’s Quay Caison won the shot put with a throw of 45-03.50, and Sherando’s Trent McCarty won the discus with a throw of 138-11.
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