KNOXVILLE — While Hardin Valley Academy’s top male and female runner each took individual honors at last week’s Region 2 Large cross country meet — the HVA boys placing five of the top six to easily win the boys’ team crown — Farragut’s girls enjoyed their own championship spotlight at Tommy Schumpert Park in Fountain City.
By placing five of the top seven, the Lady Admirals won the girls region team championship 22-59 versus runner-up Hardin Valley during meet action Tuesday morning, Oct. 27.
The bottom line for the Farragut and HVA girls and boys teams: they all four will send their top seven runners to this week’s TSSAA Large State Championship meet at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville Thursday morning,
Leading the way for the Lady Hawks was Maddie Archdale, only a freshman, winning individual honors with a time of 19:42.
Kaden Keller, a junior, paced the Hawks boys with a first-place finish of 16:21. Hardin Valley outdistanced runner-up Farragut 17-49.
For Farragut’s girls, individual runner-up Melanie Hayman (20:04), also just a freshman, was followed by teammates Camryn Johnson, a junior, in third (20:08); senior Caroline Carr placing fourth (20:21); junior Kendall Johnson finishing sixth; and freshman Bridget Ebbert claiming seventh.
Behind Keller for the HVA boys was Andrew Schultz, a senior, placing second (16:38); senior Alex Brittain earning third (16:40); junior Mitchell McCown finishing fifth (17:01); sophomore Ivan Bell sixth; and junior Nathan Hillis placing eighth.
Farragut boys in the top 10 featured sophomore Trevor Coggin finishing fourth (16:49), fellow sophomore Riley
Hanson placing seventh and junior Tyler Ebbert claiming 10th.
While junior Daniel Blackston (18th) rounds out the Hawks team heading to state, other Admirals also competing in Hendersonville will be freshman Harrison Cunningham (13th) and seniors Liam Allison (20th) and Will Phillips (27th).
Other Lady Admirals to compete at state are junior Lexi Foley (11th) and sophomore Kennedy Reynolds (15th).
Other Lady Hawks moving on to state are junior Avery Holdsworth (10th); senior Laynie Jaramillo (14th); freshman Emma Zimmerman (16th); sophomore Alex Barber (18th); senior Claire Graham (26th); and sophomore Madeline McColl (34th).