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Webb teams sweep cross country state crowns


A gender sweep in green saw Webb School of Knoxville’s girls and boys cross country teams take home state titles at the TSSAA Division II-A state meet Saturday, Nov. 7, in Nashville.

Led by individual state champ Amber Zimmerman (20:03.33), the 2006 state champ and runner-up in ’07 and ’08, Webb’s girls placed seven in the top 15 in a runaway team win versus runner-up USJ (33-96) at Percy Warner State Park Steeplechase Course.


It was the girls program’s second state title in four years (’06).

Natalie Ritchie was third (20:21.14), Elle Brewer sixth (21:02.99) Andrea Dooley 10th (21:49.01), Meg Carey 13th, Ishi Keenum 14th and Elizabeth Wallace 15th. All seven earned All-state honors.

“It was fantastic ... all seven of them came prepared. Everybody stepped up and did a wonderful job,” head coach Michael Wortley said. “That kind of thing doesn’t happen every year.”

Spartan Lucas Jones was boys champ (17:14.03), leading Webb past No. 2 Hardin Academy (53-65). It was his fourth “big” meet title, also winning region, All Comers Meet and Silver Division of Tennessee Classic.

Jake Fuqua was third (17:42.37) and Tye Thompson 11th to earn All-state. Jackson Merrill was 18th, John Goodwin 24th and Nick Rader 29th.

Despite fighting widespread injury and illness, “the kids ran great,” said Warren Heiser, who in his 35th season as head coach leads Webb to its fourth state title (1990, 2002, 2003).

 

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