Facing competition in a new and bigger division this year, Webb’s girls’ and boys’ varsity cross-country teams proved a force to be reckoned with at the 2021 Division II-AA State Cross-Country Championships, November 6. The Lady Spartans grabbed runner-up in the team standings – just four points shy of first-place Harpeth Hall – and the Spartan boys finished eighth.
Marking their third straight silver medal finish at state, Webb’s girls posted a team total of 73 with three runners finishing in the top 15 and earning All-State honors among the 118 competitors. Twin sisters Jazzlyn and Calysta Garmer, both eighth graders, led the Lady Spartan force, taking third and fourth, respectively. Jazzlyn completed the 5K course at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville, Tennessee, in a time of 18:36, with Calysta not far behind, crossing the finish line 14 seconds later (18:50). Sophomore Anna Graves earned her second straight All-State showing, placed ninth in a PR time of 19:42.
Sophomore Lauren Davis was 27th at Saturday’s state contest, finishing in a time of 20:59, while classmate Avery Krishnan placed 32nd, posting a PR time of 21:13. Senior Lawson Phillips and sophomore Bertie Grace Farrar rounded out Webb’s top six runners with Phillips taking 36th (21:28.4) and Farrar finishing right on her heels in a time of 21:28.9 and placing 37th.
Webb’s boys accumulated a team total of 201 for their eighth-place showing at state. McCallie took first in the team standings with a score of 54. Sophomore Zach Vickers led the Spartans, taking 18th in a PR time of 16:37. Senior Cooper Wood also posted a PR with a time of 16:52 and placed 25th. Junior Paul Emonet crossed the finish line in 38th place in a PR time of 17:13, while senior Kaden Narayani was 57th (17:48). Sophomores Colin Eckerman (17:55.0) and Jason Sandberg (17:55.3) finished neck and neck, taking 63rd and 64th, respectively. Junior Hank Johnson was 70th in a PR time of 18:01.
Webb’s impressive showing at this year’s state contest wraps up an outstanding season for the Lady Spartans and Spartans, highlighted by fourth place finishes for both teams at the KIL cross-country championships – with Jazzlyn and Calysta Garmer placing fourth and fifth, respectively, in the girls’ race – and first for the girls and third for the boys, including top-10 individual finishes for both squads, at the highly competitive UT-Cherokee Farm Race. In addition, Webb’s Lady Spartans took ninth out of 23 teams in the Gold Championship race at the elite Jesse Owens Classic in Alabama, while the boys placed 14th among the 35 Gold Championship teams competing.
For full TSSAA Division II-AA State Cross Country Championship 2021 results, click the links below.