While Abby Faith was the much anticipated freshman on the girl's side, Keegan Smith was on the boy's and likewise, did not disappoint. Smith was 30 meters clear of the lead chase pack before the two mile mark and held on for a 15 second victory. The results are still pending but his 15:47 will be good enough for Top 5 when the first overall rankings come out this week. Here's what he had to say after the race.
Once processed, Keegan Smith's 15:47 is good US #7 among the Class of 2025
The next runner behind him was Farragut's Trevor Coggin. Now, in coming to Cherokee, the main team ticket item in my mind was to see the Admiral girls in person before State and while the girls did win, the boys team may have been more impressive based on the eye test. Even with a primary scorer sidelined this week, the team scored 45 points, had a 16:33 average, and a 54 second one through six spread.
They, like the girls, only graduated one from their scoring five from a team that finished 4th overall last season. The team looked ready to improve on that position come November.
Trevor Coggin placed 9th overall in Large Division I in 2020 with a 16:14.
Now, if you want to start making predictions for how teams like Farragut and Brentwood match up here's how you can do it. Use Signal Mountain.
- Compare Farragut to Signal Mountain (Cherokee)
- Compare Signal Mountain to Beech (Coleman Midgett)
- Compare Beech to Brentwood (Chickasaw)
You can also compare Hardin Valley to any of the teams at Cherokee by using Maryville as well then go through that process to get to Brentwood or anyone else of your choosing. But speaking of Signal Mountain, Coach Carpenter has not shied away from high level competition this season. They've already come to Middle and East Tennessee to take on some of the state's best outside of the revamped AA/A.
Signal Mountain Girl's placed 4th at Coleman and 3rd at Cherokee and have not lost to a team in their classification yet.