Girls Track Athlete of the Year: Sherando’s Lane soars to new heights this season

Sherando's Davina Lane won three individual state titles at the Group 4A Track and field meet this season. The senior holds seven school records. Rich Cooley/Daily

STEPHENS CITY — Before this season, Davina Lane had already done some impressive things in track and field. But this season she took her high school career to new heights.

Lane capped off her stellar career with three state titles and maybe even more impressively qualified for the Group 4A state meet in six different events. Three of those events she had never even performed before this season.

“It wasn’t the season I was expecting, because I didn’t PR (set a personal record) in any of my hurdles races,” Lane said. “But I definitely didn’t expect to do everything under the sun and excel at it. That was very surprising.”

Lane, The Northern Virginia Daily’s 2017 Female Track Athlete of the Year, won the Group 4A 100-meter hurdles and 300-meter hurdles state titles for the second straight year. She also added a state title in the 200-meter dash. She finished her high school career with seven school records.

For the first time in her high school career she performed in the long jump, triple jump and high jump, and qualified for the state meet in each event.

She said she tried doing jumps when she was in middle school, but didn’t like them. Lane said she knew she needed to whatever she had to do to help the team.

“I had flashbacks to middle school, because I love the beach but I hate the sand,” Lane said. “So in middle school I would also jump and I would try so hard not to get any in my shoes, not to get it on my hands and it’s terrible. And (Sherando coach Jamie) McCarty was like you’re going to have to get in the sand. And I was like I don’t want to, but I got rid of the fear, kind of. But I had to make sure I had extra socks, extra spikes and everything.”

Not only did she learn to enjoy the jumps, but she set a school record in both the long jump (17-06) and the triple jump (36-04.50).

Her versatility paid off in a big way in the Conference 21 West meet. Lane racked up 51 points in the meet to help the Warriors win the girls title for the first time in her career.

She won the 100 hurdles, the 300 hurdles, the 200 and the long jump. She was also fourth in the triple jump and third in the high jump.

Lane said it was also great having to battle it out against James Wood’s Rene Rosso in the long jump. Lane said she was winning going into the final jump between the two, but then Rosso topped her jump.

“I was like I have to jump and beat her jump in order to win and I was like I need this in order for the team to win,” Lane said. “That was all I needed for me to get that little energy to go and beat her in the long jump like that.”

As well as Lane did in the jumps, the hurdles and the 200 have always been her best events and they were again this season.

Lane won the 300 hurdles at the state meet in a time of 44.20, without much drama. She won by almost two seconds.

The 100 hurdles was completely different. Lane faced tough competition in Louisa’s Taylor Robinson. Lane came in to the finals as the second seed, based on the times in the time trials.

Lane was just able to nip Robinson at the line to pick up the state title in the 100 hurdles by 18-hundredths of a second.

“I had raced her in indoor (track) junior year in 55-meter hurdles,” Lane said. “I beat her then, so I was like I can beat her again. I didn’t run my own race in the 100 hurdles. I kind of ran her race. I was trying to beat her. I didn’t do what I was supposed to do. My start was mediocre, and then my arms were just terrible. I knew I could go faster, but I was just thinking too much. I was too much in my own head in that race.”

Last year Lane wasn’t able to run in the 200-meter dash at the state meet. Weather postponed the event, and Lane wasn’t able to participate in the event the day they finished the meet. So this year she said she really wanted to win it, and win three state titles in one day.

The state title didn’t come without obstacles. There was a problem with the timing machine, and there was a 40-minute delay before the Group 4A girls 200 finals.

Lane persevered and won with a time of 24.89 seconds, just edging out Deep Creek’s Maya Perkins by two-hundredths of a second.

“This year I was like well since I didn’t get the chance last year why don’t I just go for it this year,” Lane said. “And I knew I had the potential, and knew I wanted it. So I was like you know what just go get it.”