Life in the fast Lane: Sherando athlete paces Handley field

WINCHESTER – Of all the track and field success that Sherando High School girls’ practitioner Davina Lane claimed Saturday for the second weekend in a row, her finish in the triple jump may have been her crowning occurrence.

She was third.

“It was a PR (personal record),” she beamed.

For the second Saturday, Lane, the Northern Virginia Daily’s female athlete of the year in 2016, claimed victories in the 100- and 300-meter hurdles, specialties that the George Mason University signee won in the Virginia High School League Group 4A state championships a year ago.

In the annual Ram Country Invitational and then Saturday’s 75th running of the 25-team Handley High School Invitational, she claimed another first in the 200 meters for the second week.

For her efforts, she took home her second consecutive Most Valuable Female Player award in leading her Warrior girls to a tie for third place in the historic event with host Handley (57 points).

She finished second to Rene Rosso, whose James Wood girls team (90) won its second consecutive major event, in the long jump and showed in the triple behind the Colonels’ Emma Hammond and Rosso.

Winning is familiar to Lane, who has set four school records, but when it comes to the jumps, she is particularly enticed because they are new events. For the first time in four years, head coach Jamie McCarty has her doing jumps – for the time being at least.

“It’s fun. It’s something I haven’t done, and so it keeps me sharp. I like to stay active and learn something new. Usually, I’d be just napping between my running events,” Lane said.

McCarty, who personally coached Lane before taking the head position this season for the Frederick County school, noted, “I’ve said it before, she just enjoys competition. We gave her something new to work with-for at least these early invitationals – and she’s enjoyed it. It helps her and it helps the team, because if they see how hard she’s working, they’ll want to work hard too.”

Lane said that was the third time she tried it and the third time she “PR’d” in the triple.

“I like that, and it draws me to it,” she said. “The other thing I like about the jumps is that, if you don’t first succeed, you can go and try again. With running, it’s one time.”

Lane ran a 26.57 first-place time in the 200-meter dash, good enough for 10 points (top eight finishers scored); she raced to a time of 15.61 for the gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles and a 47.03 in the 300-meter  hurdles.

“I’m just trying to go out a little faster,” she said after the 300. “I think I was a little more aggressive and attacked that first hurdle. The only problem was that I ended up leading with the wrong (right) leg. I should have left with the left.”

Lane, who has competed nationally, has qualified for the Penn Relays in Philadelphia April 27-29. She will compete in the 400 hurdles “probably her college event,” said McCarty.

“There are two major events any track enthusiast should put on their ‘bucket list’,” said McCarty. “The Penn Relays and a track meet at the (University of Oregon facility). You should go (to Oregon) for an Olympic qualifier, whatever they’re having. But to say that you competed in the Penn Relays is amazing. Just being there is amazing.”

Davna’s father, Jerron Lane, a native of Philadelphia, ran at the University of Pennsylvania event, “So it’s no big deal to him. He’s from Philadelphia,” said Lane with a grin.

McCarty said, “Her times will come down as the weather warms up. It was windy today and last week (at Strasburg) it was cool.

“She’s been working hard in all the events and, if anything, she may be a little tired. We wanted her to run as many meets as possible when it’s early but in the third-to-sixth week before the conference we’ll start to taper her down. She’ll end up doing the events she’s done all along and we’ll back off the other ones as we come along.”

Otherwise for Sherando, senior Ania Summers was third in the 100 (13.58) and sophomore Stella Williams claimed fifth in the 3,200-meter  (12.09.80).

Williams joined teammates Camryn Ubert, Olivia Couillard and Paige Conner for sixth (10:48.07) in the 4X400 relay.

Warren County’s Cor’shauna Cunningham finished runnerup (36 feet, 4 inches) in the shot put and discus (111-01).

Wildcat Diamond Maldonado was also productive on a day that started with freezing temperatures and swirling winds and ended in sunshine. She placed sixth (13.70) in the 100 and long jump (16-03.50).

Jacqui Ris, Warren teammates with Cunningham and Maldonado, placed eighth (12:21.33) in the 3,200 as her girls team placed 10th with 23 points among 23 teams that tallied in the Handley Bowl.

Cross-Front Royal rival, Skyline, was led by sophomore Zaryn Rateb who finished seventh (33-04) in the triple jump. The Hawks picked up 4 points.

The Sherando boys finished sixth (44 ½ points) among the 23 teams that scored. Loudoun Valley was the champ with 71 tallies.

Leading the way was Isaiah Allen, who for the second weekend claimed first in the shot put (52-07) and then had a fourth in the discus (136-02).

He was supported by teammate Sam Johnson, who placed third in the shot (46-11).

Sherando junior Hayden Williams placed second in the 3,200 with a time of 9:55.26.

Jacquari Hayes finished fifth in the long jump (20-00.50) followed by teammate T.J. Washington, who finished seventh (19-10).

Hayes, Washington Bryson Waits and Andrew Jeffries placed fifth (45.50) in the 4X100 relay.

Warrior senior David Restrepo finished fourth (41.97) in the 300 hurdles and ran a leg (with Ty Waits, Daniel Milburn and Michael Diamantis) on the 4X400 relay (3:40.96) team, which finished eighth.

The Skyline’s boys’ superlative belonged to Landon Holden, seventh (52.87) in the 400.

Contact Jim Laise at sports@nvdaily.com