Several new KIL records could be set this year

By Steve Williams

The record book may look a lot different after this week’s Knoxville Interscholastic League track and field meet.

Seven boys’ events and four girls’ events could have a new KIL record holder when it’s over.

The annual meet gets underway today at 5 at Hardin Valley Academy with the boys’ and girls’ field events and Section 2 of the 3200-meter races.

All other track events will be Tuesday starting at 5.

Gracie Waite, HVA senior, will be trying to post new KIL records in the girls’ discus and shot put events, while Farragut junior Katie Edmunds seeks a record victory in the pole vault. Webb sophomore Jazzlyn Garmer has record potential in the 3200.

As for record-breakers among the boys, keep an eye on Farragut junior Bryce Thompson in the shot put and Farragut senior Julian Gorfido in the pole vault.

Other record hopefuls include Webb senior Michael Conley in the 200, Catholic junior Keegan Smith in the 800, Farragut senior Matteo Tonnos in the 1600 and Webb senior Colin Eckerman in the 3200. Hardin Valley’s 4×800 relay team also has a new record in its sights.

Conley has been the most successful Knox County track athlete this spring as he has top times in the 100, 200 and 400 dashes and the top marks in the long jump and triple jump.

Knoxville Catholic’s freshman sensation last year, Chloe Truss, again has top times on the local scene this spring in the 100, 200 and 400 sprints.

A young Webb quartet of three freshmen – Carolina Areheart and twins Jazzlyn and Calysta Garmer – plus sophomore Kristina Weaver set a new KIL record last season in the 4×800. It will be interesting to see if they are back this season for a repeat.

Speaking of records, the KIL meet’s oldest is the 6-7 high jump mark set by Larry Clapp of Gibbs 47 years ago in 1977.

Chris Kane, the meet director and Hardin Valley coach, foresees a four-way battle between Catholic, HVA, Webb and Farragut for this year’s girls’ team title. On the boys’ side, he thinks Farragut is the favorite, but HVA and Webb are also strong teams.

The Farragut boys and Catholic girls are the defending champions.

The KIL includes all public and private high schools in Knox County.

KIL Track and Field Leaders 2024 Outdoor Season


Track Events

100: Michael Conley (Webb) 10.87

200: Michael Conley (Webb) 21.63

400: Michael Conley (Webb) 49.27

800: Keegan Smith (Catholic) 1:53

1600: Matteo Tonnos (Farragut) 4:14.13

3200: Colin Eckerman (Webb) 8:48.79

110 Hurdles: Silas Fulford (CAK) 15.26

300 H: Chase McAvoy (Farragut) 40.75

4×100 Relay: Carter 44.07

4×200 Relay: Farragut 1:31.30

4×400 Relay: Farragut 3:30.24

4×800 Relay: Hardin Valley 7:58.36

Field Events

High Jump: George Mancini (Catholic) 6-2

Long Jump: Michael Conley (Webb) 23-0

Triple Jump: Michael Conley (Webb) 44-0¼

Pole Vault: Julian Gorfido (Farragut) 15-0

Discus: JR Fowler (Catholic) 176-11

Shot Put: Bryce Thompson (Farragut) 64-2½


Track Events

100: Chloe Truss (Catholic) 12.21

200: Chloe Truss (Catholic) 24.76

400: Chloe Truss (Catholic) 56.26

800: Parker Willis (Farragut) 2:16.73

1600: Carolina Areheart (Webb) 4:53.57

3200: Jazzlyn Garmer (Webb) 10:38.78

100 Hurdles: Payton Sipos (Catholic) 15.09

300 Hurdles: Payton Sipos (Catholic) 45.54

4×100 Relay: South-Doyle 49.59

4×200 Relay: Catholic 1:44.84

4×400 Relay: Farragut 4:04.37

Field Events

High Jump: Megan Biliter (Halls) 5-1

Long Jump: Lennox Langham (Webb) 17-5¼

Triple Jump: Lennox Langham (Webb): 37-8½

Pole Vault: Katie Edmunds (Farragut) 11-0

Discus: Gracie Waite (HVA) 143-9

Shot Put: Gracie Waite (HVA) 43-6