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FHS cross country girls 3rd, boys 11th in tough Tennessee Classic
Bearden teams finish in top 15 among 45


Kellie Ivens’ Farragut Lady Admirals cross country team, ranked sixth in the state in a combined public and private poll, finished third among a 46-team field of Tennessee’s strongest public and private schools during the annual Tennessee Classic Saturday in Nashville.

And that was accomplished without four of Ivens’ top eight runners.

“I was pleased with ’em, it showed ’em how they were standing overall in the state,” coach Ivens said. “It’s showing them as a group what needs to be done between now and next month (leading up to the region meet). What needs to be taken care of and what we need to do as a squad every day at practice to get better.”

Meanwhile, Bearden High School cross country coach Steve Prince said that although his BHS Lady Bulldogs are ranked among the top-10 Class AAA teams in the state, there’s a problem.

“The problem is that Maryville, Farragut, Oak Ridge and West are in front of us (in the region),” Prince said of Bearden’s chances of being among the top three in next month’s region meet, thus earning a trip to the TSSAA Class AAA state meet November 6. “Us and Oak Ridge will probably be sitting home.”

The Lady Bulldogs were 11th in the Tennessee Classic Saturday. More on Bearden’s girls and boys teams — and the Farragut boys — later in this story.

FHS GIRLS

Individually for Farragut’s girls, Andrea North finished eighth to lead her team. “Andrea North is running extremely strong,” Ivens said. “Finishing number eight gives us a great heads-up, and as long as she continues to run as well as she is, she should be All-state material.”

Ellie Leggett finished 23rd followed by Caroline Sneed (30th) Julie Ann Fenstermaker (40th) and Sarah Gallik (46th).

As for the long list of injuries to key “top eight” FHS runners, Andrea Lindley is trying to come back after missing a few weeks with a stress fracture in her leg. Ivens said it’s questionable whether Lindley or freshman Amanda Lewis would be able to overcome their injuries and get back into competitive shape.

Neither Christen Olson nor Tiffany Whitney competed in the Tennessee Classic varsity race due to injuries. “Those are two of my top girls from the state scoring last year,” Ivens said.

Class AAA power Brentwood was dominant in winning the Tennessee Classic. “They are very, very strong,” Ivens said.

FHS BOYS

Led by Michael Koszela’s ninth-place finish and Ryan Crews finishing 25th, the FHS boys finished 11th as a team.

“They’re just pushing each other and going to their limit on a daily basis in order to get better and better,” Ivens said.

Peter Weorner (73rd) and Brian Mann (94th) were the Admirals’ next best runners.

BEARDEN TEAMS

Despite an 11th-place finish in the Tennessee Classic, the Bearden girls again finished behind Maryville, Farragut and West. Jenny Randolph’s 28th-place finish was tops for the Lady ’Dawgs. “I was pretty pleased with Jenny Randolph,” Prince said. Kelly Fuller finished 51st.

The BHS boys finished 15th, led by Andy Kodra in 46th-place, followed by Andrew Shankles (51st).

As for the boys’ state meet hopes, Prince said he sees them “duking it out” for third in the region with Maryville while FHS and Oak Ridge battle for first.

 

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