By Mike London
SALISBURY — Salisbury rising senior Sutton Webb tends to carry a major quantity of sunshine wherever she travels.
The Rowan County Feminine Athlete of the 12 months assaults life with a smile and regarded COVID not as a forbidding hurdle, however as a terrific alternative to increase her horizons.
Webb succeeded so totally that she’ll obtain the Tracy Connor Award, which is given yearly in honor of the South Rowan Excessive and Wake Forest College athlete, Connor is likely one of the finest ever to return out of Rowan County. The award is sponsored by Jeff Chapman.
“It was a really unusual faculty 12 months for sports activities as a result of the seasons had been switched round and all combined up,” Webb mentioned. “However as a substitute of constructing issues tougher for me, the scheduling adjustments really made them higher. I actually didn’t should juggle sports activities. I by no means thought I’d get the possibility to run observe in highschool as a result of it’s usually concurrently soccer, however this 12 months I bought to do each. It was a beautiful expertise.”
Possibly it was great, nevertheless it additionally was bizarre. For Webb, it meant working cross nation within the chill of December and January as a substitute of the warmth of September. She performed soccer, which is her factor, principally in April and Could. Observe and area season peaked in late June — effectively after commencement.
Whereas a number of what Webb did entails working, she’s massively versatile relating to her wheels. There aren’t many who may compete in each occasion from the 100 meters to the 3200, however she’s a kind of folks.
“The 800 in all probability is her finest distance, however she may have executed effectively in any working occasion,” Salisbury observe coach Todd Parker mentioned. “She’s one of many fittest ladies within the faculty in addition to one of many quickest. We tried to be considerate and strategic along with her and attempt to get probably the most factors that we may.”
Even with every thing topsy-turvy, there was by no means any doubt this is able to be a particular 12 months for feminine athletes in Rowan County. Carson and West Rowan had terrific multi-sport athletes within the senior class. Salisbury had distinctive seniors as effectively. Lillie Rusher performed tennis and soccer at a state stage, whereas Ellen Yang was the varsity’s finest softball and volleyball participant and even positioned baseball beginning second baseman on her very distinctive resumé.
But it surely was arduous to seek out an argument in opposition to Webb, who competed at a state stage in all three of her sports activities.
“Sutton is the kind of athlete who will enhance any group she’s on,” mentioned Sallie Pittman, who has coached Webb in cross nation. “If you happen to meet her, she’s so good, however there’s a unique persona that comes out when she’s competing. She might be fierce on the sector.”
The 5-foot-6 Webb is finest referred to as the All-State soccer phenom who dedicated to the College of Georgia as a sophomore.
She bought began in soccer at age 4 and introduced her presence at Salisbury with a monumental freshman season within the spring of 2019. She racked up 43 targets, together with six in a single sport, and added 15 assists. She was the Central Carolina Offensive Participant of the 12 months.
Salisbury soccer coach Matt Parrish in contrast Webb to Jack Fisher, who excelled for Salisbury in all kinds of sports activities.
“Like Jack, she’s going to be aggressive in any sport she tries, and she or he’s going to excel in any sport she tries, tiddlywinks, garden darts, no matter,” Parrish mentioned. “She’s going to do no matter it takes to be good. She’s already gotten about each accolade there may be for soccer. Nice athlete, nice academically, nice human being. That sums her up.”
Webb’s 2020 soccer season was worn out after simply three video games by COVID, however she overwhelmed opponents throughout Salisbury’s condensed, 14-game 2021 season with 36 targets and eight assists. She gained her second CCC Offensive Participant of the 12 months award and was Rowan County Co-Participant of the 12 months.
Even with two fragmented soccer seasons, Webb has scored 82 profession targets, with 27 assists.
The work Webb places into the working sports activities is generally as cross-training for soccer, however she doesn’t maintain something again.
She was fourth within the CCC Cross Nation Championships (22:17) and seventh within the 2A Midwest Regional (22:32). She ran 21:35 within the 2A State Championships to complete twenty sixth in a area of 94.
When Salisbury’s 12-2 soccer season ended with a third-round loss to eventual state champ Lake Norman Constitution, Webb determined to affix the observe and area group and made a right away impression.
“Observe was completely totally different for me, however totally different in a great way,” Webb mentioned. “I bought to get to know a totally totally different group of ladies from those I hang around with on the soccer group. I needed to discover ways to run the relays, which was all new and an actual problem. I needed to discover ways to make and take the handoffs, however everybody helped me, and we had been profitable. The 800 was my finest occasion as a result of I’ve bought the stamina to run it (two laps) and nonetheless have some kick left for the top of the race.”
Webb helped Salisbury shine within the 4×100 and 4×200 relays and was Rowan County (2:34) and CCC champion (2:35) within the 800 meters. She completed fifth within the county meet within the 200.
“She got here to us late from soccer, or she would have executed even higher,” Parker mentioned. “She was an incredible teammate in observe. She’s humble. She works. She’s coachable. You need to keep in mind this can be a woman who obtained a serious D-I scholarship provide in soccer when she was nonetheless a sophomore. However she was prepared to do something that she may to assist our observe group. She’s an incredible child in so some ways. She will be able to relate to anybody and everybody. I’m certain she’d inform you that a few of the finest instances she had in observe had been the bus rides to the meets.”
Whereas some Division I athletes will head to school after the primary semester this winter, Webb plans to place in a full 12 months at Salisbury. Soccer shall be within the spring, and there’s no manner she’d miss her senior soccer season, and never simply because faculty data are in attain. Parrish has been a constructive affect on her life and she or he loves her teammates.
Parrish mentioned when he bought the phrase from Webb that she deliberate to return, he began including robust non-conference video games to the Hornets’ schedule. With Webb, the Hornets shall be prepared to tackle nearly anyone.
“I’m extraordinarily enthusiastic about going to school at Georgia, however I don’t need to rush it,” Webb mentioned. “I’m having fun with highschool. I don’t need it to go by too quick.”
She’ll spend this summer season understanding and handing out frozen yogurt at Salisbury’s sweetFrog location.
Quickly, it is going to be time for Webb to begin working once more. And regardless of the gap, she’ll be nice at it.