1-2 ‘Blues’ punch at FHS Invitational

HVA teams champs; FHS 2nd

  • FHS sophomore Samantha Harvey was No. 1 in girls pole vault. - Photos by Alan Sloan

  • 1600-meter champ Kaden Keller alongside teammate Alex Brittain, as they pull away from the field. - Photos by Alan Sloan

The rival “two-blues,” Hardin Valley Academy and Farragut, were the top two track & field teams in both boys and girls — which included a handful of top state times, distances and personal career bests — during FHS Invitational, featuring more than 20 schools that included Mt. Juliet from the mid-state, Saturday, April 3, at Bill Parker Track.

The Hawks and Lady Hawks ruled as top teams, with the Admirals and Lady Ads close.

Hardin Valley’s 4-by-400 relay team of Aiden Shaw, Daniel Blackston, Jeremiah Jones and Austin Rome “has the state’s No. 1 time right now” after Saturday’s run, HVA head coach Bryan Brown said.

Kaden Keller, region cross country champ, won the 1600-meter run.

“Ian Salyer, our shot putter, broke the school record,” Brown said of his 49-feet-1.5 toss.

Among seven Lady Hawks champs featured a new school record: Sidee Stanton in the long jump (18-feet-5.75), “which is ranked No. 2 in the state right now,” Brown said.

The 4 X 200 and 4 X 100 teams were No. 1, as was Dominique Romain in the 100-dash.


“We had a good showing,” FHS head coach Chris Allison said about his boys and girls.

Tyler Ebbert was 800 champ “with a personal best of 1:57.00. He’s top five in the state now,” Allison said. Lexi Foley was girls No. 1 in 800 (2:23.00). “She’s ranked sixth in the state now.”

By clearing 13-feet-6 to win boys pole vault, Johnathan Schved “is No. 2 in the state right now,” the coach said. Samantha Harvey “cleared 10 feet” to win the girls top spot Saturday. “I believe she is top five in the state.”

Ranked No. 4 in the state in the 400, Connor Evans ran a :50.3 Saturday to capture No. 1.

The Lady Ads’ 4 X 800 relay team also was a champ Saturday.