Recap: Knoxville Area Teams And Runners Excel At State


DI-AAA

Although the Farragut boys graduated 2 of their top 5 from the 2022 championship squad, the 2023 Admirals easily repeated as AAA state champions, placing 4 in the top 8 with Matteo Tonnos securing the runner-up spot individually and Braden Ebbert placing 5th. The Admirals mimicked last year's championship performance, scoring 41 points, but the margin of victory over second shrunk from 60 to 26 points. Evan Beeler continued his breakout season, running 15:44 as Farragut's 4th finisher. Although Farragut's 5th man had been a revolving door throughout the season, Tanner Coggin stepped up at the state meet, running a personal best of 16:25, which greatly helped the Admirals defend their state title.

The Hardin Valley Boys improved upon their 10th-place finish last year by taking 8th as a team at the state meet. Led by Carson Long in 16th, HVA built upon their third-place finish at KIL and a runner-up finish at the Region 2 meet. Juniors Gabe Allen and Garrett Hawkins placed 21st and 40th, respectively. HVA graduates two on their varsity 7 (Carson Long and Colbi Young), but have the two top middle schoolers in Isaac Socha and Evan Van De Griff who could contribute next year.