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Lady Spartan Track & Field Team Wins First-Ever State Title

August 12, 2019 By Webb Alumni Office

The state championship trophy cases in Webb’s Lee Athletic Center just got more crowded with Webb’s Lady Spartans winning the 2019 TSSAA Division II-A state track and field team crown – its first-ever in the history of the program at Webb. Webb’s showing at this year’s state championship was marked by numerous top-five performances, including several gold-medal finishes.

Sophomore Kai Lanier set the pace a week before the state championship meet began with an overall bronze medal finish in the Division II-A state pentathlon at Franklin Road Academy. Lanier took first in the girls’ 100-meter hurdles (16.63) and shot put (8.61m), fourth in the 800-meter dash (2:36.07), sixth in the long jump (4.87m), and 14th in the high jump (1.37m).

Vanderbilt signee Niki Narayani ’19 increased that momentum several days later at the Division II-A track and field championship at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro with first-place finishes in the 3200-meter (11:10.01), 1600-meter (5:13.24), and 800-meter (2:22.27) races, and the 4 X 800-meter relay with classmates Lindsay HollidayTaylor Coseyand Isabel Papenbrock Romero (10:11.10).

Junior Jasmine Jefferson continued the Lady Spartan charge with gold medal finishes in the 100-meter dash (12.39) and 400 (58.14), and took home a silver in the 200 (25.52). She also joined teammates Parker Dunn ’23, Stephani Franks ’20 and Sheelove Knowles ’22 to place runner-up in the girls’ 4 X 400-meter relay (4:05.10).

Franks added another state silver to her athletic resume, taking second in the pole vault with a jump of 10 feet.

Lindsay Holliday, an East Tennessee State University signee, earned a silver in the girls’ 1600 (5:19.91) and took fourth in both the 3200 (11:48.87) and 800-meter (2:27.90) races.

North Carolina State University commitment Taylor Cosey won a bronze in the girls’ 3200 (11:43.90) and was fourth in the 1600 (5:31.08).

Lanier brought home a bronze in both the girls 100 and 300-meter hurdle races, crossing the finish line in a time of 16.19 and 48.36, respectively. She also took fifth in the long jump (15-09.25). Lanier also teamed up with Dunn, Franks and Knowles to place fourth in the girls’ 4 X 200-meter relay (1:47.45).

Webb’s Lady Spartan team finished with 140 points – some 36 points ahead of runner-up Christian Academy of Knoxville.