CULPEPER – Darius Lane got some Northwestern District hardware to add to the family trophy case on Monday.
The Sherando junior won the boys 110-meter hurdles and the triple jump in the Class 4 Northwestern District Track and Field Championships.
Winning the 110 hurdles was especially satisfying for Lane. His sister, Davina, won numerous district, region and state titles in hurdles at Sherando and runs on George Mason University’s track and field team. Monday brought the first individual district titles for Darius Lane.
“It was great,” Darius Lane said. “I definitely needed that because I was kind of in a slump. So it was kind of good to come out and get that win. I really needed that. So I just went out and got it. I was just out for blood today.”
Lane won the 110 hurdles in a time of 15.62. His teammate, Eldon Agard, was right behind him in a time of 15.75 to finish in second.
The pair flip-flopped in the 300-meter hurdles with Agard finishing third in a time of 41.75 and Lane fourth in 41.99.
Sherando coach T.J. Rohrbaugh said that the two push each other and make each other better.
“It’s just good that you got another guy there that’s not going to let you slack off in practice,” Rohrbaugh said. “A guy that’s right there pushing you to be better all the time. Any time you can get competition in practice – it’s friendly competition, they’re friends – but that competition element in practice is huge and it’s there. That’s why those guys have been able to go out and improve every week.”
Lane won the triple jump with a leap of 44-01.00.
Sherando senior Isaiah Allen also had a strong day. He won the shot put with a throw of 58-04.75. Allen also finished third in the discus (150-11). He said he didn’t throw as well as he would have liked over the last two weeks in high school meets but he was pleased with his performance on Monday.
“I’m content with today,” Allen said. “Everything was nice and smooth. Everything was relaxed. It kind of gives me my confidence back that I can probably toss it pretty far here pretty soon.”
Allen finished third in the shot put in the Penn Relays in late April and said he’s had trouble performing at a high level since. He said it taught him a valuable lesson.
“It’s humbled me a lot just to know that just because I went (to Penn Relays) and did great doesn’t mean I’m going to do great all season,” Allen said. “So it definitely has made me come back and rationalize in my own mind that every meet is another meet and another chance for me to do great or bad. So I just have to come in and prepare the same way all the time no matter what the meet is.”
Kaitlyn Roberts led the way on the girls side. She won the 400-meter dash in a time of 1:01.31. Roberts passed Handley’s Brittnay Turner down the final stretch to win the race.
“That was a good race,” Roberts said. “It felt good. You got to pace it or you’ll get gassed at the 200 mark and have nothing left to for the rest of the race. So that’s what I tried to do. ...It feels really good. I’ve worked really hard at practice and outside of practice. So it’s nice to be rewarded.”
Roberts finished fifth in the girls triple jump (30-11) and sixth in the 200-meter dash (27.69).
Sherando’s Haley Mack won the girls 100-meter dash in a time of 12.95. Rohrbaugh said that Mack hasn’t been feeling 100 percent the last few weeks.
“She came out and battled through it and was able to put down a pretty good time in the 100,” Rohrbaugh said. “So I was proud of her for doing that and competing and overcoming that adversity.”
Sherando’s Ella Carlson was second in the girls discus (115-01). Sherando was second in the girls 3,200-meter relay (10:31.72). Sherando was third in the boys 3,200-meter relay (8:50.32). Sherando’s Molly Robinson was third in the girls 800-meter run (2:32.76). Sherando’s Ty Waits was second in the boys 800-meter run (2:00.32). Waits also was second in the 400-meter dash (51.44). Sherando’s 1,600-meter relay team placed second in a time of 3:33.69.
The Class 4 and Class 3 Northwestern District teams competed together on Monday, but the results were divided by classification.
Sherando finished fourth overall in the boys Class 4 meet with 96 points, while Handley won with 140.5 points. The Warriors were fifth in the girls Class 4 meet with 50 points, while Handley won with 132.