Bassett’s Devontay Ross walked onto the track at Liberty University for the VHSL Class 4 state championships with high expectations. Ross competed in the 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash and 300 meter hurdles, and he hoped to pick up wins in at least one of those events.
He was unable to finish off a state championship race, but Ross did earn All-State honors in the 100 meter dash and 300 meter hurdles. Ross closed out his day with his best run, finishing third in the hurdles with a time of 39.70 seconds. That came after a tough sixth-place finish in the 100-meter dash in a time of 11.42.
Ross admitted he struggled running in the strong winds at Liberty, but he made sure to not allow the disappointment to get in the way of a strong hurdles run.
He was able to do just that. Ross was in seventh when he came around the turn to the home stretch, but raced his way back to third, where he finished the race.
“I just told myself… if something bad happens don’t let it affect the rest of the races and just keep my head the whole meet,” Ross said by phone Saturday night. “I’m happy with my place.”
“After the 100 he was pretty down,” said Bassett track coach Kevin Underwood said. “Sometimes you’ve got to deal with adversity and run through it.”
Ross’ season isn’t over just yet. He qualified to run 100 meter dash at the 2019 New Balance Nationals Outdoor in Greensboro on June 13-16, and now he turns all of his attention to that.
“Just go out there and run your race,” he said of his mindset. “Run the time you can run, and don’t try to be a superstar.”
BENGALS LEARN FROM EXPERIENCE
Ross wasn’t the only Bassett runner at Liberty on Saturday. Vontayvious Brim finished 14th in the 400 meter dash with a time of 52.75. Aubrey Davis placed 24th in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:02.44 as well.
Underwood said the two of them were running at their first outdoor state meet, and it was a learning experience for them.
“You get to this stage and it’s a different stage,” Underwood said. “Overall, I’m pleased.”
COUGARS AND WARRIORS RUN IN CLASS 3 MEET
The athletes from Magna Vista and Patrick County traveled to Liberty for the VHSL Class 3 state meet.
For Magna Vista, T’Coma Clanton finished 16th in the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.37, and 23rd in the 100 meter dash with a time of 11.42. On the girls side, freshman Tania Starkie also made her debut at the state meet with a 19th-place finish in the 100 meter dash with a 13.62 time.
For the Cougars, Molly Hernandez finished eighth in the discus throw, while the 4x400 relay team of Garrett Worley, Brandon Rohrbach, Kristian Reynolds and Jared Biedrycki placed 14th with a time of 3:35.67.