Webb X-country 2nd among an 11-state/D.C. regional champ field

Continuing a trend of exceptional running demonstrated throughout Webb School of Knoxville’s varsity girls cross-country season, the Lady Spartans finished runner-up at NXR Southeast Regional Championship in Cary, North Carolina, late last month and qualified for the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Oregon.

The Webb girls, team runner-up at the TSSAA Division II-AA State Cross-Country Championships in November, finished second behind Cuthbertson High School of Waxhaw, North Carolina, at the Nov. 26 Southeast Regional Championship, where only the top two teams of the 22 participating — also from Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, West Virginia, and District of Columbia — could advance to the nationals.

The Lady Spartans also made state history by becoming the first girls’ team from Tennessee to qualify for the 5K national race since it began in 2004.

Freshman Carolina Areheart was Webb’s leading runner at the NXR 5K regional race, finishing 19th out of 210 competitors in a time of 18:18. Classmate Jazzyln Garmer crossed the finish line in 33rd place, clocking in a time of 18:38, while Lady Spartan junior Anna Graves placed 41st (18:44). Freshman Calysta Garmer was 43rd (18:47) with sophomore Kristina Weaver finishing 44th, just .3 of a second behind (18:47.3). Junior Lauren Davis took 137th with a time of 20:21.

Webb at Nationals

At Nike Cross Nationals Saturday, Dec. 3, the Webb girls finished 20th against qualifying teams from seven regions across the country at Portland’s Glendoveer Golf Course.

Graves was 107th (18:55.7), with Calysta Garmer close behind at 111th (18:58.8) and Jazzlyn Garmer 130th (19:12.9). Weaver placed 139th (19:20.1). Areheart was 182nd (20:25.4).