HVA Boys Make a Statement with a Perfect Score at KIL

Full KIL Championship Results

Hardin Valley Academy is legit.

We already knew that, but this past Friday gave us more evidence.

The Hawks have a shot at the podium in Division One Large Schools.

The KIL Championship is always a good barometer for who the best teams are out of East Tennessee every single year. 

Not only did Hardin Valley take the boys team title against some of Knoxville's best teams, they finished with a perfect score.

1Kaden Keller11Hardin Valley Academy16:24.001
2Andrew Schultz12Hardin Valley Academy16:37.002
3Alex Brittain12Hardin Valley Academy16:40.003
4Mitchell McCown11Hardin Valley Academy16:44.004
5Nathan Hillis11Hardin Valley Academy16:44.005
6Trevor Coggin10Farragut High School16:47.006
7Tyler Ebbert11Farragut High School16:57.007
8Daniel Blackston11Hardin Valley Academy17:02.008
9Riley Smith12Knoxville Catholic High School17:03.009
10Spencer Stovall11Knoxville Catholic High School17:19.0010

Kaden Keller continues to have a strong junior season, finishing 13 seconds ahead of Andrew Schultz.

But Hardin Valley's strength comes in its ability to run as a pack.

The Hawks' 20-second one through five split was the best in the whole field. No. 3 runner Alex Brittain was only one-thousandth of a second ahead of No. 4 Mitchell McCown...and just two-thousandths ahead of Nathan Hillis, who finished fifth.

It does not get much closer than that.

We've got Hardin Valley as the No. 3 team in Tennessee so far this year.

They haven't had the opportunity to race Bartlett or Franklin yet, but they'll get that chance at the state meet in a little under a month.

If the Hawks continue to run in that tight of a pack, look out.

The sky is the limit for this team.