Jason Bowen

The Scottsboro cross country teams took last weekend off. 

Actually they took the weekend off from competition. They most certainly trained in some form or fashion, either together or individually. That devotion and commitment is why they hoist state championship trophies on a regular basis.

The competition is likely thankful that Scottsboro took the week off from racing. The SHS boys have won both of their races thus far, and the JV teams have claimed wins as well. The Scottsboro varsity girls team has featured some solid finishes, but it’s not a full strength, and most likely, will have a different look to it come November when some runners move up. 

All in all, as the varsity teams head to the Gulf Coast this weekend for the Pensacola (Florida) Stampede, head coach Luke Robinson is pleased with where his runners are at this point in the season.

“We’ve still got some time splits we need to close more,” Robinson said, “but we’re better right now than we were at this time last year.”

That’s certainly not what the rest of Class 5A wanted to hear.

The impressive thing is that Scottsboro runners train throughout the season to get ready to peak in the postseason. They train through meets, as in not slacking off the miles during the week to be ready for a certain event. So to see what they do when they’ve trained all week is a feat, and to opponents, discouraging.

The SHS boys are locked and loaded for another championship run. They’ll be a heavy favorite come November and could have a legitimate chance at notching a perfect score of 15 (the top-five finishers coming from the same team) at state. The Scottsboro girls will be the favorite to win another state crown, too. 

The excellence, dominance and will to be the best is an aura that permeates throughout the SHS cross country program. It has for years, and new runners each year pick it up and carry it on.

Scottsboro’s off and running in a season that has two months remaining. But the Wildcats’ eyes are already on the finish line at state, and they work every day to reach it.

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› Jason Bowen is the sports editor of the Sentinel. Email him at jason.bowen@jcsentinel.com. Follow Jason on Twitter at @jbo_sports12

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