Lily Garrett commits to University of Tennessee in cross country


Lily Garrett has climbed to the top of the hill in the cross country rankings for the state of Louisiana. Next year she will be looking at mountains. That is because the daughter of Jonesboro native Bob Garrett and his wife Karen has made the commitment to run cross country with the University of Tennessee, situated in Knoxville, the gateway to the Smoky Mountains.

“Lily was very impressed with everything about Tennessee,” said Bob, who was a standout athlete himself at Jonesboro-Hodge and Louisiana Tech University “It was an advantage that she got to meet several other girls who were being recruited too and they quickly bonded. They all ended up commiting and are keeping in touch with each other almost every day. Very happy for her that she has found a place she seems to be real comfortable with.”

After coming back from her trip, Garrett and her Ruston cross country team traveled to Denton, TX to take part in the 2022 Garmin Milesplit Invitational, which pitted many of the top cross country teams in Texas, Arkansas and Louisiana against each other.

We wanted to end September at a race that would really test us and show us where we were,” Ruston head coach Dustin Cochran said. “This race had everything you want. We got to see some of the best runners from Texas and Arkansas, as well as some great North Louisiana talent from Benton, Parkway, and Byrd.

Garrett finished 9th individually in the Girls Elite Race running the 3 mile course in 18:30. As a team Ruston finished in 8th place out of the 50 squads competing.

“Lily has had a big few weeks,” Cochran said. “It’s nice to see her back on the course leading the girls.

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