Henry places fourth in discus for Rams at Apple Blossom Invitational
WINCHESTER – Everything finally clicked for Strasburg’s Daniella Henry on Saturday.
The junior had her best day of the season in the discus throw to finish fourth in the event at the Apple Blossom Track and Field Invitational held at James Wood High School.
“I finally got my spin down,” Henry said of her throws. “I threw a 109 (feet) from a standing throw, and that’s what I’ve been throwing all year on my (personal records). They were all standing and I finally PR’d with my spin. So getting that down is really helping.”
Henry’s personal best this season had been a throw of 106 feet and 9 inches. On Saturday she threw a 111-07 to place fourth.
She had to miss all of last season due to knee surgery, and Henry said that she’s happy to be back competing again.
“I was watching everyone do something that I loved, so it was hard last year,” Henry said. “And I really, really wanted to throw, but I’m glad I get to do it this year. I’m glad that I’m doing as well as I am, especially after missing last year. And I’ve never been at big meets like this before. I wasn’t going to meets like this freshman year.”
Skyline’s Colette Salyers had a top throw of 101-08 and finished sixth in the discus.
Skyline coach Steve Burton said it was tough for all of his athletes to compete considering Skyline’s prom was held on Friday night. He said he’s confident Salyers, who finished seventh in the state in discus last year, will continue to progress as the season goes on.
“We’re still working on her spins,” Burton said. “We’re kind of mixed in between a South African style spin and a full spin. And once she gets confidence in the full spin, her throws will start going back up.”
Skyline’s Sabrina Wilkins finished third in the 3,200-meter run in a time of 12:05.76. Wilkins is doing double duty for the Hawks this season as she is playing on the soccer team and the track and field team.
She almost caught Dominion’s Kaitlin O’Neill for second place at the finish line but came up just a second short.
“On the sixth lap, I was like ‘oh I got to pick up my speed. I can’t keep up this pace because people are going to start passing me. There’s two laps left,'” Wilkins said. “So I picked it up and did my best. And (at the finish) I was just so close, but it didn’t happen.”
Warren County’s Sarah Schulte-Bunert, an exchange student from Germany, placed third in the long jump with a leap of 15-09.
Sherando finished tied for sixth in the girls meet with 35 points. The highlight of the day for the Warriors came in the 400-meter relay.
With freshman Haley Mack out due to injury for the last two weeks, Ann Marie Kelly took her place, and the team didn’t miss a beat Saturday. The quartet of Kelly, Donzailya Berg, Indhya Hayes and Kaitlyn Roberts won the race in a time of 52.86. The Warriors were seeded fifth entering the meet.
“Ann Marie stepped in and took Haley’s spot, and we did great there,” Sherando coach Jamie McCarty said. “I knew we were strong. We’ve showed all year that if we get our handoffs right, we can compete with anybody around here. But it just took us a little bit of reworking once we had to take Haley out with the injury and get Ann Marie in the flow of things. The other three girls have been great. And I was happy for them to be able to pull that off.”
Berg had a solid day for the Warriors. She placed fifth in the high jump (5-00), sixth in the long jump (15-06.50) and third in the 100-meter hurdles (16.70). Sherando’s Megan Grose was seventh in the discus (101-08) and teammate Hannah Helsley was fifth in the shot put (33-00.50)
The Warriors were fifth in the 3,200-meter relay (10:28.11), and Molly Robinson placed seventh for Sherando in the 3,200-meter run (12:25.00).
Skyline’s Carrie Hotek placed fourth in the 800-meter run (2:30.93), and Burton said that the junior is improving with each race.
“Carrie did well. She’s still figuring out how to run that race,” Burton said. “She ran it a couple times as a freshman then took a year off for soccer and has come back. And we’ve kind of played with her a little bit as far as the 400, 800, (1,600) as far as where she’s going to run. I think the 800 is probably her race. She went out a little quick and tried to stay with (Handley’s) Kristin Blake and wasn’t able to hold on. So I think if she runs a smart race for her she’s going to be right there.”
Skyline’s Aaliyah Chunn placed tied for seventh in the high jump (5-00) and teammate Abby Spiker was seventh in the shot put (31-09.75). Warren County’s 3,200-meter relay team finished seventh with a time of 10:42.87.
Loudoun County won the girls meet with 102 points, while James Wood was second with 79. Skyline finished in 13th place with 17.5 points, while Warren County was tied for 15th (8) and Strasburg was 19th (5).