Balance gives Ads first Knox crown in 21 years

HARDIN VALLEY — With strong showings in field events and distance running, while holding its own with relays and sprints, Farragut High School’s boys track and field team won its first KIL Championship in 21 years after two days of competitions ending Tuesday evening, May 2, at Hardin Valley Academy.

Senior Trevor Coggin, a University of Tennessee signee, “had a spectacular meet winning the 3200-(meter run, (9:20.44) and taking 2nd in the 1600 with All-American Keegan Smith (Knoxville Catholic sophomore) as first,” FHS head coach Vic Wharton said.

“Michael Mendonca took second in the 800 in another dramatic finish, with Keagan Smith taking first. Both races were photo finishes.”

Admiral junior Jullian Gorfido won pole vault at 13-feet-6. “Jullian has been very consistent all year and broke the school record, jumping 14 feet at the Dead End meet (last) weekend,” Wharton said.

“Tyson Jackson also broke his own school record in discus with a throw of 169-(feet)-5” to finish first, the coach added.

Sophomore Bryce Thompson “won shot (put) at 51-(feet)-10,” Wharton said. “Dane Skinner had a breakout race in the 300 hurdles, surprisingly finishing second and (earning) a new PR by two seconds.

“... We had others who scored quite unexpectedly, and that tells me we are improving all across the board,” the coach added.

The other FHS boys champ was the 4 X 200 relay (1:32.69).

Other top finishers

Other area boys top finishes were Aiden Shaw (HVA) in the 200 and 400-meter dashes; McKale Hayes (Hardin Valley) in 100 and 300 hurdles; the HVA 4 X 400 and 4 X 800 relays; Cayden Douglas (Bearden) in high jump; and Braylon Harmon (KCHS) in the 100 dash.