Last March, Trent followed that up with a pair of indoor state titles in the 300 (34.75) and 500 (1:05.47) at the VHSL Class 3 championships at Liberty University.
UVa director of track and field Vin Lananna was in attendance at last March’s state meet and the staff quickly identified Trent as a candidate to join the Cavaliers program.
“Since Day 1, they have shown me why I should want to be a part of the team,” Trent said. “(Assistant coach Mario) Wilson has been a huge influence on my decision. He has been straight up and honest with me from the beginning and has proved more and more why I would fit in perfectly with the team.”
Trent said he had opportunities to compete at a number of schools, including Appalachian State, Northeastern, Bucknell and Army, but noted the relationship with the coaches at Virginia was unmatched.
“One of the biggest factors that set UVa apart from the others is the future the school has,” he said. “After hiring the legendary Coach Lananna, I knew something special was in the works. Coach Lananna is known for greatness, working with top-tier athletes and making all those around him better. After a Zoom meeting with him and other coaches, I knew it was the place for me.”
Outstanding coaching wasn’t the lone draw to Virginia.
“I have always liked UVa’s athletic programs, but more importantly, the school’s academic programs are amazing,” Trent said. “UVa is a great school to get an education from and I believe that it will open many doors for me in the future.”