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Ivens hoping for state top-10s in cross-country despite losses


While head coach Kellie Ivens said both of her Farragut High School cross country teams have a goal “to definitely be in the top ten” Class AAA teams in the state, “it’s definitely going to be a rebuilding year in both boys and girls,” she added.

Among talent in the Knoxville region, “we’re going to be competitive,” Ivens said about both teams.


FHS GIRLS

Leading the way is junior All-region runner Caroline Sneed, who as a freshman earned All-state honors in 2003.

“She finished [team] number one for me last year … she has natural talent, and she is a hard worker,” Ivens said.

That’s despite “having a bad race [in] the KIL” in 2004 according to Ivens. “She was sick that day.”

Junior Sarah Brinson, an All-KIL finisher last fall, and senior Katy Powell round out Ivens’ top three returnees from 2004.

Sophomore Meredith Lindley “is one of my top seven, she’s back,” Ivens said. Lindley’s sister, senior Andrea Lindley, “was running in my top five girl [last year] before she got injured with a stress fracture [in the leg] during the summer.”

FHS BOYS

“I still have a pretty strong group of guys coming back, even though I lost my number one and two,” Ivens said, “They’ve been there for several years, so they know what it’s all about and know what they need to do to be competitive.”

Ivens said her top four returning boys are junior Thomas Fraser, sophomore Jacob Gibson, junior Bryan Mann and the team’s lone senior, Peter Weorner.

 

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