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FHS teams looking to send Ivens out on top

Farragut’s 2006 cross country season could be memorable because both the boys and girls teams may compete for region honors — and make noise at state.

It will be memorable, regardless of outcomes, for long-time track and field/cross country head coach Kellie Ivens, who following this season will end 16-years as an Admiral coach, 11 as cross country head coach.

Ivens has led Farragut to a pair of boys cross country state crowns among 12 FHS state titles earned as either a head coach or assistant. Ivens, now an assistant coach helping new Farragut skipper Chelsea Jacobs get acclimated, has been promoted to assistant principal at FHS.


On the boys side, all but one weapon returns from a 2005 team that finished ninth at the Class AA A state meet.

“Hopefully, with the talent we have, we’ll finish top three in the region and I’m going to say five at state,” Ivens said.

The FHS boys, with more than 40 team members in 2006, have already made noise this season by winning the Panther Creek Invitational in Morristown as led by first-place individual finisher Tom Gilmartin (17:42.08/5K) among a field of 175.

The Admirals edged host Morristown West by a mere two points.

“The first race of the season was great,” Ivens said, adding that six of Farragut’s top seven runners return from last season.

Junior Jacob Gibson and senior Thomas Fraser return after dealing with injuries last season.

Chris Wright, a junior, and Nathan Cameron, a sophomore, will battle with seniors Joseph Jansen and Bryan Mann among the Ads’ top seven positions.


The Lady Ads have their top four runners back from 2005, led by Sneed sisters Caroline, a senior, and Margo, a sophomore. Unfortunately, Caroline Sneed is currently sidelined with a stress fracture. Ivens said her return “hopefully will be within three to four weeks.”

Despite the elder Sneed’s absence, Farragut finished second at Panther Creek behind defending Class AAA champ Morristown West.

Senior Sarah Brinson finished seventh (22:40.41) among 88 at Panther Creek, while freshman Alex Newby, who Ivens said “is going to be awesome,” finished third (21:16.83). Junior Meredith Lindley will also be counted on among a roster of about 20.


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