Female Athlete of the Week: Webb peaking at right time for Generals

Brandy Webb Rich Cooley/Daily

QUICKSBURG – Brandy Webb was in a different position last week than she’s used to – out in front with a big lead.

The Stonewall Jackson junior cross country runner started out strong and won the Conference 44 meet by 34 seconds.

“I was actually worried the entire time that someone would get me, because it’s never happened before,” Webb said of her big lead in the race. “I was kind of surprised when I got to the end and I was like ‘oh, there’s a big lead.'”

Webb said she wanted to go out strong because she knew how important the race was.

She finished in a time of 22:53, which she said was a minute faster than her previous best on Stonewall Jackson’s New Market Battlefield course.

Stonewall Jackson coach Mary Clanahan said it was nice seeing Webb win the race.

“Last week to be the conference champion, just to watch her face come across that line – it was a beautiful experience for her,” Clanahan said. “… She’s doing everything we ask her too. Of course, she has all season and we’re real happy for her.”

Webb’s conference title helped her earn The Northern Virginia Daily’s Female Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 26-Nov. 1.

Webb also helped her team win the conference title, and she said that was what was most important to her.

“It felt good, because we’ve all been working and putting in a lot of effort and a lot of sweat into winning that,” Webb said. “I’m glad it finally paid off, because they’ve been working really hard for it.”

Webb said she began running cross country when she was in eighth grade. It didn’t take her long to have success.

As a freshman Webb advanced to states individually, and placed 23rd. Last year she advanced again, and placed 26th.

During the summer, Webb went to a camp at Virginia Tech and said she learned a lot from the experience.

“I learned that if I want to, hopefully, run in college that I have to work in the offseason,” Webb said. “Train like the elite to be elite.”

This season Webb has been the top runner on the team for the latter part of the season, and Webb said it’s something she’s had to get used to.

“This year once I started being up front, I was like ‘wow, I can do this,'” Webb said. “And then I just did it.”

Webb will run at the 1A East regionals on Tuesday as she tries to go for her third consecutive state appearance.

She will also try to lead the Generals to the state meet as a team for the first time since 2005.

The Generals have a very young team with only one senior on the team. Webb said that her goal is to make it to states and then reach the podium, which is for the top 15, individually and as a team at the state meet.

“I want to get on the podium and I want to take someone else with me too,” Webb said. “Hopefully we can get a team title, that would be real cool. I want to bring a banner home.”

Contact staff writer Tommy Keeler at 540-465-5137 ext. 168, or tkeeler@nvdaily.com