Sherando’s Lane captures three state titles in Group 4A meet

Sherando's Davina Lane crosses the finish line to win the state title in the girls' 300-meter hurdles on June 4 in Harrisonburg. Lane finished her career with five state titles and seven school records in track and field. Tommy Keeler Jr./Daily file

HARRISONBURG — Davina Lane had to wait an extra 40 minutes, but the final result was well worth it.

The Sherando senior capped off her stellar career Saturday with three state titles in the Group 4A track and field championships.

“It’s my senior year, might as well go out with a bang,” Lane said.

For the final of her three titles, she had to wait through two bangs. The girls’ 200-meter dash was halted twice with the starter’s gun due to a malfunction with the clock.

The race was delayed for 40 minutes.

“It was terrible. It was hot out there. I thought I was going to pass out,” Lane said. “I’m glad they finally got it going. I was so tired after my (300 hurdles), I wasn’t even ready for the first time they fired the gun. The first delay came and I was like ‘oh, no.’ I had to mentally prepare myself through however long that wait was to whenever we would run.”

Lane was able to pull out a close victory over Deep Creek’s Maya Perkins in 24.89 seconds to win her third race of the day.

Last year Lane wasn’t able to complete the trifecta as the last part of the meet was postponed due to lightning and she wasn’t able to make it for the resumption of the meet.

Lane’s performance helped the Warriors finish fifth as a team in the meet. She scored all 30 of their points.

For the second straight year Lane won the girls 100 hurdles (14.45) and the 300 hurdles (44.20)

Sherando's T.J. Washington leaps into the pit during the boys' long jump Saturday. Washington placed second in the boys' triple jump on Friday at the Group 4A state meet in Harrisonburg. Tommy Keeler Jr./Daily

She had tough competition from Louisa’s Taylor Robinson in the 100 hurdles. Lane was able to use a lean at the end to get the victory.

“That definitely sealed it,” Lane said of the lean. “She’d be in front, then I’d be in front. We were definitely fighting. It was a really good race. If I would have lost I couldn’t have been mad.”

Lane won the 300 hurdles race by 1.96 seconds over Woodrow Wilson’s Amari Jackson.

The top eight in each event earn all-state honors and receive a medal.

Sherando’s Isaiah Allen put together a impressive weekend in the boys’ shot put and discus.

The sophomore placed fourth in the discus on Saturday with a throw of 154-09.

Allen had a throw of 158 feet, a school record, earlier in the year but hadn’t thrown a 150 or higher since then.

“I came in just wanting to hit a 150, wanting to get back up to that school record mark,” Allen said. “So a 154 is definitely fine with me. I just wanted to get back to that mark and prove to myself that I could do it again. I’ve been kind of chasing that all season.”

Allen placed second in the shot put with a throw of 54-03.25. He entered the event as the top seed, so he said he was a little disappointed with the outcome but overall he was happy with the season.

“I really can’t complain. This has been a really great year,” Allen said. “I just have to give all the glory to God, and I just can’t be upset with how this weekend’s gone.”

Senior Sam Johnson placed seventh in the boys’ shot put on Friday with a throw of 50-04.

“It feels pretty good, because it’s the first all-state honor I’ve ever gotten. It’s nice,” Johnson said.

Johnson was also 15th on Saturday in the discus (124-01).

Sherando senior Jacquari Hayes placed fifth in the long jump Saturday with a leap of 21-00.50.

Hayes has been battling a hamstring injury for the last few weeks, and Sherando coach Jamie McCarty said that he was probably about 75 percent healthy.

“He hopped a really good first jump and was able to kind of get in there,” McCarty said. “I’m proud of what he came through these last couple weeks. After the conference meet to even be here and to compete was good for him.”

Sherando sophomore T.J. Washington placed second in the triple jump (46-01.25) on Friday. He was also ninth in the long jump (20-04)

Washington went out for track for the first time this season and said he was pleased with his year.

“I actually didn’t think I was going to make it this far,” Washington said. “But toward the end of this year I made it. And I’m proud of the way I performed.”

Hayes placed ninth in the triple jump (43-04.50) on Friday.

Sherando’s Olvia Couillard was 17th in the girls 3,200 (12:02.19).

Sherando junior Hayden Williams placed 19th in the boys 1,600 meter run (5:06.31) and 21st in the 3,200 meter run (10:48.73).

E.C. Glass won the girls state championship with 71 points.

Loudoun Valley won the boys state championship with 58.50 points. Sherando finished ninth with 27 points.

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