KNOXVILLE — Farragut High School’s varsity boys cross country team was about as dominant as reasonably possible, easily winning the team competition (17 points) among a 25-team field on a rainy course at Victor Ashe Park Fall Classic Saturday, Sept. 3.
Five of the top six, and six of the top eight finishers were Admirals, led by individual champ Trevor Coggin, a senior (16:16.92), followed by juniors Braden Ebbert (runner-up, 16:22.74), Matteo Tonnos (third, 16:30.49) and Harrison Cunningham (fifth, 16:32.25), along with seniors Riley Hanson (sixth, 16:41.75) and Quinn DeGuira (eight, 16:59.00).
“I was really pleased in how the varsity boys team ran. We went in with the goal to race as a team and it was fun to watch them execute that,” FHS head coach Chelsea Osborne said. “Matteo Tonnos has been a great addition to the team, and I was really impressed with how Sam Shagan (freshman, 21st) and Ross Tootle (sophomore, 28th) raced.”
Third-place Hardin Valley Academy (107) was led by junior Carson Long, who finished fourth (16:30.99) and senior Cooper Carr (ninth, 17:15.00). Bearden’s top finisher was sophomore Cade Crum (seventh, 16:50.25).
In girls varsity, Hardin Valley junior Maddie Archdale finished first (19:16.41), but it was the Lady Admirals claiming first as a team (78) while the Lady Hawks took third (120).
Farragut’s top finisher was senior Kennedy Reynolds (fifth, 20:19.41), followed by junior Melanie Hayman (13th).
“The girls varsity team also ran a good race,” Osborne said. “We were missing a few girls for various reasons, so it was nice to see others step up in their absence. Kennedy Reynolds has been a great leader this year and ran a competitive race to start her senior season.”
Sophomore Madalyn Hillis finished 18th for HVA. Bearden’s top finisher was sophomore Millie Lovett (19th),
Farragut enjoyed even more success, winning the boys junior varsity team competition (21).
“The boys JV team also executed a great race,” Osborne said. “They stepped up when challenged, and it was great to see Luke Stewart come away with the individual win (sophomore, 19:01:41) along with the boys getting the team win.”
Admirals freshman Joey Neiman was runner-up (19:07.97), followed by junior Toby Mitchell (fifth, 19:40.46), senior Nhan Bui (sixth, 19:49.22), freshmen Lucas Poudval (seventh, 20:03.72) and Nick DeGuira (ninth, 20:16.67).
Team runner-up Hardin Valley (43) was led by freshmen Zathan Socha (third, 19:38.41) and Will Allen (fourth, 19:39.47).
Among the Farragut JV girls, “It was fun watching senior Ava Thompson lead and win the JV race (23:57.57),” Osborne said. “She’s a hard worker and I’ve been really impressed with her this season.” Teammate Emma Cunningham was seventh (26:14.01).
Finishing second as a team (46), Hardin Valley’s top finisher was sophomore Lyla Kluemper (ninth, 26:51.25).