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Recovery meet for FHS track and field girls
Though missing 15 athletes after bus accident, FHS girls track team takes 6th-place at meet

Despite missing 15 of its girls due to injuries suffered in a March 30 bus accident, the Farragut High School girls track and field team still managed to win two relays and finish sixth during the annual William Blount Invitational Thursday at WBHS.

“There were only four people that went that were on the bus out of nineteen,” said FHS head coach Scott McKenzie, adding that the accident practically wiped out his 4 X 100 and 4 X 200 sprint relay teams.

Although no one was critically injured and most of his athletes are expected to return at some point this season, McKenzie’s best sprinter is on the shelf for 2004.

Sophomore Jessyca Sterling, who had to be freed by emergency personnel after being trapped in the bus, suffered a season-ending knee injury that will require surgery. “You’re not going to replace someone like Jessyca, she was our best sprinter,” McKenzie said.

Also missing from the 4 X 100 and 4 X 200 teams are Lauren Agentis, who suffers from what McKenzie said was a “compressed fractured vertebra” and Zanetta Mason, out with ankle and back injuries. Serena Allen is also out, having suffered a knee cap injury.

“There’s some that’s not going to make it back for a while,” the coach said.

Farragut is also minus the services of last season’s Class AAA state pole vault runner-up, Rebecca Cole. Although not a bus accident casualty, Cole has been nursing a sprained ankle and is out indefinitely.


The Lady Ads won the 4 X 800 relay with Julie Ann Fenstermaker, Tiffany Whitney, Christen Olson and Andrea North.

The FHS 4 X 400 team also took first with Catelyn Dake, Festermaker, North and Olson.

Fenstermaker took third in the 300 hurdles while Dake was third in the 400.

Despite losing most of its top guns in the relay sprints, Farragut still managed a pair of third place finishes in the 4 X 100 and 4 X 200 with Lizzy Stephens, Rachel Allen, Hillary McDaniels and Sarah Gallik.


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