Sherando’s Allen, Washington earn second-place medals on first day of 4A state track meet

A year ago, Isaiah Allen capped his track and field debut for Sherando High School with a fourth-place finish in the boys shot put at the Virginia High School League Group 4A state championships. In his return to Harrisonburg High School for this year’s edition of the state meet, Allen did two spots better.

The Sherando sophomore placed second in the boys shot put on Friday evening, according to Warriors head coach Jamie McCarty.

Official results were not immediately available Friday night, though McCarty said Allen’s best throw was in the 54-foot range. The freshman entered the meet as the event’s top seed after setting a new school record with a throw of 55-06 in the Region 4A West meet last week.

“Obviously there was some disappointment there. I know he was a little bit disappointed but you’re at the state meet and anything can happen,” McCarty said of Allen in a phone interview Friday night. “He had a good throw but somebody had one a little bit better than him tonight. But it wasn’t for lack of effort or lack of preparation, it’s just when you make it to this meet, at this level, things are gonna happen.

“I think we’re all proud of him and he should be proud of himself. To be runner-up in the state as a sophomore … he’s trending in the right direction and maybe next year we can get over that hump.”

Allen will return to action on Saturday in the second and final day of the state meet, as he will compete in the boys discus while tied for the top mark in that event as well.

Joining Allen with all-state (top eight) performances for Sherando on Friday were teammates T.J. Washington and Sam Johnson.

McCarty said Washington placed second in the boys triple jump with a leap of 46 feet, 1 inch after entering the event as the 17th seed. Washington’s jump on Friday was over three feet better than his seed mark. He will also compete in the boys long jump on Saturday, in which he enters as the event’s fourth seed.

Johnson was seventh in the boys shot put, according to McCarty.

Warriors standout Davina Lane did not compete in the girls high jump or triple jump on Friday (McCarty said the senior was entered into the events simply because “she earned it” but had no plans to compete in them at the state meet), but she did qualify for the finals in both the girls 100-meter hurdles and 200-meter dash, McCarty said.

Lane, who owns numerous school records, won state titles in the 100 hurdles and 300 hurdles last season.

“She looked good. Hurdle race was good. She ran a 14.47 (seconds in the 100 hurdles), which was her best time this season, in the prelims,” McCarty said. “She just cruised through the 200 to make in the finals.”

In the Group 3A competition also held at Harrisonburg alongside the 4A events, Warren County junior Cor’Shauna Cunningham placed fifth in the girls discus for the second straight season, according to Wildcats head coach Joseph Owens. Cunningham’s best throw was 113-04, Owens said.

Skyline’s Colette Salyers was seventh in the girls discus, according to Owens.

The 3A/4A state meet will resume Saturday morning at Harrisonburg High School.