Athlete of the Week: Stonewall’s Webb finishing senior season strong

Brandy Webb

Brandy Webb

‘QUICKSBURG — Brandy Webb doesn’t always like running on the Panorama Farms cross country course in Earlysville, but the last couple years she’s certainly liked the results she’s had there.

The Stonewall Jackson senior won the Region 1A East girls cross country meet there last week in a time of 20:39, after finishing second there last year.

“It’s like a love/hate relationship,” Webb said. “I love it because it’s regionals and almost states and it’s hard. But at the same time I hate it because I don’t like hills at all.”

Despite not enjoying the hills on the course, that’s where her and junior teammate LuLu Funkhouser were able to pass the top two runners in last week’s regional meet with a little over a half mile to go in the race.

Webb, The Northern Virginia Daily’s Athlete of the Week for the week of Oct. 31-Nov. 6, and Funkhouser traded the top spot in the race over the last half mile before Webb was able to build a four second lead and held off Funkhouser at the finish.

“I think the mentality was Brandy wanted it,” Stonewall Jackson coach Mary Clanahan said. “I mean they both wanted it really bad, but Brandy was going to capitalize on her senior year.”

The Generals finished third as a team to qualify for Friday’s Group 1A state meet at Great Meadow in The Plains.

Webb said this has been her best season, and she feels like she’s learned a lot from her three previous seasons.

“I think every year I just progressively got better and this is probably my best year yet. So it was a good season,” Webb said. “My times were good and I looked back on my other three seasons and was like ‘OK, what worked then, what didn’t work?’ I guess the other three years were trial and error and this year was the product of that.”

Webb may also be peaking at just the right time. Two weeks ago she won the Conference 44 meet, and last week she took home the top honor at the Region 1A East meet.

Webb said she didn’t expect to win either meet, and just wanted to go in and try her best and see what she could do.

Each year she has done better at the state meet, and she said she hopes to do a little better again Friday. Last year she finished 17th in the state meet, just two spots from making all-state and earning a medal.

“I definitely want to medal,” Webb said. “That’s been my goal since freshman year. I don’t care if I get 15th or if I get first. I just want to medal. I definitely have gotten better since last year and I definitely know what not to do this year.”

The state meet will also be her last time running at a cross country meet with her Stonewall Jackson teammates. She said making it to states as a team means a lot to her, especially in her senior year.

She said she’s trying to enjoy every moment she has with her team.

“I’m cherishing all the moments I have with my teammates, because I know next year I won’t have them,” Webb said.

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

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