While HVA boys are state indoor champs, FHS boys 3rd, girls 10th
What’s one of the best kept secrets, when it comes to stellar performances, in Farragut?
If not the outright winner, a leading candidate would be Farragut High School’s 4 X 400-meter relay team — which is coming off a state championship performance at Vanderbilt University in Nashville last weekend.
However, the high school track & field world certainly isn’t in the dark about the fast Admirals foursome of Scott Grunau, Evan McFerran, Conner Evans and Vincent Broda: they are the No. 9-ranked 4 X 400 team in the nation — and they helped their team finish third in state.
“I’ve got an amazing four kids,” FHS head coach Chris Allison said. “They’re hard-working, their dedicated and they’re disciplined.”
While “none of them are in the top 10 in the country” individually,” Allison added, “Together they’re in the top 10 of 4 X 400 relay teams in the country among thousands of (high school) athletes that participate in the sport of track and field.
“Coaching athletes like this makes it easy to coach,” he added.
Also aided by the coaching of Erik Reeves, former All-SEC hurdler who coaches FHS relays among other duties, the foursome has earned the right to enter New Balance National Elite Meet in New York Sunday, March 15.
The boys’ distance medley relay tam placed third with Tyler Ebbert, Broda, Ben Darden and Joshua Ebbert.
Grunau finished third statewide in the 400; McFerran placed fourth in the 200; Grant Coggin was fifth in pole vault; and Tyler Ebbert claimed sixth in the 800.
Girls 10th at state
Allison’s Lady Ads finished 10th at state led by its distance medley relay team placing second (Lexi Foley, Jessie Rennich, Caroline Carr and Cathy Hu).
Other top girls finishers were Anna Moore’s fifth place effort in wight throw and Hu’s sixth-place finish in the mile.
As for the overall health of the program, “We’re over 100 athletes now, and we’re doing fantastic,” Allison said.