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Gilmartin, Newby lead FHS sweep in KIL cross country

Led by the winning efforts of runners Tom Gilmartin and Alex Newby, the Farragut High School cross country teams swept the KIL meet at Cherokee Boulevard Saturday, Oct. 7.

“It was a great day for us. I think our kids were ready to have a good race, and they enjoyed it,” FHS assistant coach Kellie Ivens said. “It was a great day for racing, perfect weather.”

Newby, only a freshman, finished on top with a 19:17 5k run, as the Farragut girls finished ahead of runner-up Bearden (27-80).

Newby was followed by four other All-KIL efforts from Lady Admirals: Alyssa Dresen third (19.52), Margo Sneed fourth (20.35), Sarah Brinson ninth (21.23) and Caroline Sneed, running her first race of the season, 10th (21:28).

Bearden’s All-KIL finish came from Jenny Randolph, who finished sixth (20:46).

Gilmartin’s 5k time (16.26) led the FHS boys past runner-up Bearden (28-54). Three other All-KIL efforts from FHS runners start with Chris Wright in third (16:46), followed by Jacob Gibson in fourth (16.48) and Brian Mann, running his first “big” race of 2006, who finished 10th (17.12).

Two schools, Webb and West, did not participate in the KIL meet because of “prior commitments,” according to Ivens, who said the 2006 KIL “was added at the beginning of the season” after some teams has set their 2006 schedules.

Following a one-year absence, “It’s nice to have the K-I-L back,” Ivens said about what was an annual event dating back decades until 2005. “It’s a forty-year tradition. ... And since last year’s season we decided it was too important, so we put it back in.”

The annual Knox area Metro meet will be held tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 13, at Victor Ashe Park, also site of the Region 2-AAA meet Thursday, Oct. 26.


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