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Ivens’ Lady Ads cross country eyeing state title


Kellie Ivens’ Farragut High School girls cross country team is looking to go beyond bridesmaid status and win a Class AAA state crown.

Winning the Region 2-AAA meet Oct. 23 at Victor Ashe Park by eight points over Oak Ridge, the state’s second-ranked FHS girls are expected to fight powerful Brentwood and two-time defending state champion Germantown Houston for top honors.


“The way it looks right now, it could be any of five teams,” coach Ivens said of the state title contenders, also including Morristown West and White Station. “It’s whoever comes together and has the race that day as a team.

“I still think Brentwood’s the running leader, but it could be anybody.”

As for Ivens’ top girls heading to state, “definitely Ellie (Leggett), (Caroline) Sneed and (Andrea) North, they have consistently been running as my top three runners,” the coach said, adding that Christen Olson “is running stronger every week.”

REGION RESULTS

In the region meet, Leggett took sixth (20:23.95) while Sneed finished eighth (20:31.90). Ivens was also pleased with Julie Ann Fenstermaker, who won a special junior varsity region race.

Ivens labels Nashville’s Steeplechase Course “a great course, I think the girls had a great race on it earlier in the season,” she said in reference to a second-place finish among Class AAA teams — top five overall — during the Tennessee Classic.

Brentwood won that event.

At state, the Lady Admirals have finished second to Houston each of the past two seasons.

RANDOLPH TO STATE

By finishing seventh in the region (20:26.87), Bearden’s Jenny Randolph earned an individual invitation to Nashville on Saturday.

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