‘Perfect’ KIL for Brown’s HVA XC boys

KNOXVILLE — Led by junior individual champ Kaden Keller’s 16:24 5k time, Hardin Valley Academy’s cross country team pulled off a rare feat in light of already being a dominant Knox-area program.

“I don’t remember (a perfect score) in the last 13 years,” head coach Bryan Brown said after the top five KIL Cross Country Boys Meet finishers were all Hawks (perfect team score of 15) at the new Tommy Schumpert Park course Friday morning, Oct. 9.

Senior Andrew Schultz took second (16:37), followed by senior Alex Brittain (16:40), junior Mitchell McCown (16:44) and junior Nathan Hillis (16.44).

Trevor Coggin, Farragut sophomore, was sixth followed by teammate Tyler Ebbert, a junior, HVA junior Daniel Blackston and the Knox Catholic duo of senior Riley Smith and junior Spencer Stovall.

The Admirals finished runner-up as a team (53), followed by Catholic (88) and Webb School of Knoxville (122).

Keller’s season

Saying he wasn’t especially consumed about running a great time at the KIL meet, Keller added he “ran a 16:05 about a week or two ago at Cherokee Boulevard” while also winning that meet.

As for the new Schumpert course, which is scheduled to host the Division I Region 2 Large meet Tuesday, Oct. 27, “I like it a lot,” Keller said.

In comparison to the relatively flat Cherokee course, “Even the hills (at Schumpert)are nice because you get that downhill coming back.”