The 2019 Scottsboro Invitational will be smaller than in years past as far as the number of runners and teams in action.
But Scottsboro head coach Luke Robinson said a dip in quantity doesn’t equal a dip in quality.
“It’ll still be a significantly large meet, just not as big as its been the last few years, not as many teams, and that had something to do with the weekend change,” said Robinson, whose teams’ meet is normally a week earlier. “But there’s still some really good runners coming.”
A total of 40 teams are scheduled to participate in Saturday morning’s meet. Along with Scottsboro, fellow Jackson County teams North Jackson, Pisgah, Section, Skyline and Woodville are scheduled to compete. Other notable teams include Huntsville, Bob Jones, Alexandria, Fort Payne, Florence, Guntersville, Lawrence County, Sparkman and Westminster Christian.
Races begin at 8 a.m. with the junior high girls two-mile race followed by the junior high boys two-mile race at 8:35 a.m. The Large School Girls 5K Race (Class 5A-7A) starts at 9 a.m., followed by the Large School Boys 5K Race at 9:35 a.m., the Small School Girls 5K Race (Class 1A-4A) at 10:10 a.m. and the Small School Boys 5K Race at 10:45 a.m. The awards ceremony is at 11:30 a.m.
Scottsboro’s teams are off to another impressive start to the season on their quest to repeat as state champions. The SHS boys have won three straight Class 5A state titles while the SHS girls have won two straight.
“I like where we’re at and where we’re headed,” Robinson said. “We’re excited about (Saturday’s race). It’s always a good meet.”