Led by four-time Knox County Coach of the Year Chris Cavalaris — with the assistance of Sarah Archer, Mark Chenot and Nicole Jackson — “This year’s team has been an extremely fun group of athletes to coach. The championship is a direct result of eighth-grade leadership,” Cavalaris said. “This is especially true of the sprinters, led by Hunter Bolen.”
However, “The Knox County Championship was a total team effort with scoring in sprints, distance and field events,” he added.
Chase McAvoy was champ in the 400-meter sprint.
Two relay teams also raced to a crown: the 4 x 200 foursome of Tyler Martin, Hunter Bolen, John Haskins and Johnny Jacobs, and the 4 x 800 quartet of Sam Shagan, Corom Hiebasko, Harrison Smith and Joey Nieman. Eleven FMS athletes recorded a personal record at this meet, which featured 22 schools.
20 at state, FMS girls 13th
Combined with the FMS girls track & field team, 20 Farragut athletes earned a trip to the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association Track & Field State Championship meet Saturday, May 21, at Franklin High School.
Farragut’s girls finished 13th as a team, led by eighth-grader Annie Steele’s runner-up finish in shot put (36 feet-08), Seventh-grader Ariana Vargas captured fourth in the 800 run (2:27.89, while Jillian Hurley, an eighth-grader, took seventh place in high jump.
The FMS boys earned points thanks to Chase’s eighth-place finish in the 400, and the 4 X 400 relay’s eighth-place showing.