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FHS relays girls, Cole, Koszela among highlights at KIL meet


Despite all its wounds, the Farragut High School girls track team still pulled off two dramatic relay finishes to earn a pair of KIL titles — three in all — and a fourth-place finish (83 points) at the University of Tennessee’s Tom Black Track during last week’s county-wide showdown.

Tiffany Whitney and Andrea North, the final two legs of Farragut 4 X 800-meter champions (9:57.45), found themselves behind by about 200 meters as Whitney began the third leg.

“That just shows you how much guts both of them have,” FHS head coach Scott McKenzie said of Whitney and North, as North pushed across the finish line with about a 10-meter edge. “And Tiffany did the same thing in the 4 X 400 (4:09.44). You lose one of your legs (Julie Ann Fenstermaker, lost to an apparent hamstring injury). Of course the Brittany Simmons girl did a great job, too. I was extremely pleased for them to win the (4 X 800) and (4 X 400).”

On the final leg of the 4 X 400, Catelyn Dake started off with a 20-yard lead that she lost only to grab it back for good with about 200 meters to go.

Rebecca Cole, generally considered to be one of the state’s best female pole vaulters, easily won the KIL title (10-feet).

STRUGGLES

Counting performance-related injuries on top of the March 30 bus accident toll, how many points did the FHS girls have on the sideline?

“It’s hard to say, I’m just proud by the fact that they hung in there,” McKenzie said.

Jessyca Sterling, back from a knee injury, finished fourth in both the 100 (12.81) and 200 (26.72) dashes. Dake took fourth in the 400 (1:01.87).

Before being knocked out with the bad hamstring, Fenstermaker finished fourth in the triple jump (31-feet-08.75). Fenstermaker also finished fifth in the high jump.

Other fifth-place FHS finishers were Simmons in the 400, the 4 X 200 relay team and Caroline Sneed in the 1,600.

KOSZELA LEADS FHS BOYS

Distance runner Michael Koszela led the Farragut boys with a pair of top three finishes.

Koszela finished second in the 1,600 (4:33.07) after a third-place showing in the 3,200 the day before (10:02.53).

As for the 1,600, “I told him that’s the best race he’s run since he’s been running,” McKenzie said of Koszela. Ryan Crews took fourth in the 1,600.

As a team, the Admirals finished ninth with 34 points.

Farragut’s only other top-five finish was fifth in the 4 X 800 relay.

 

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