The Scottsboro varsity boys cross country team continued to defend its home course.

Wildcat runners posted six of the top-nine finishers on the way to winning the Scottsboro Invitational’s Large School (Class 5A-7A) Boys 5K race title Saturday morning at the John R. Esslinger Trail of Champions.

It was Scottsboro’s third win in four races this season and its second on its home course. The Wildcats also won the Black and Gold Classic on Aug. 31.

For the day, Scottsboro teams won three of the four races it participated in. Scottsboro swept the junior high 2.1-mile races and finished third in the Large School (Class 5A-7A) Girls 5K race.

“Across the board we had a really good day,” said Scottsboro head coach Luke Robinson. “I thought Scottsboro athletes finished well. I saw a lot of people passing people around the pond (the final stretch of the races) and saw a lot of people fighting to not get passed. Our motto is to not get passed in the third mile. They did a real good job of that.”

In the varsity boys races, Scottsboro, led by Cooper Atkins’ first-place finish, took the Scottsboro Invitational with a winning low score of 19, easily outdistancing runner-up Florence (87) and third-place Bob Jones (124).

Atkins posted a winning time of 15:48.98 for the Wildcats. Twin brother Benson Atkins finished third (16:17.88) while Rex Green was fourth (16:30.83), Josue Vela Castillo fifth (personal record 16:40.66) — “Josue had a breakout week,” Robinson said. “We’ve known that was in there.” — Zach Avenel seventh (16:41.58), Evan Hill ninth (16:42.58), Ben Gossett 18th (17:12.72), Brady Thomas 20th (17:19.98), Wilson Hill 24th (17:46.45), Josh Hill 35th (18:10.92), Jackson Howes 39th (18:15.86), Ridge Wells 50th (18:36.13), Cameron Estes 69th (19:12.76), Jo Carlile 168th (21:4557), Skylar Reichle 175th (21:52.29), Christian Kilgore 186th (22:32.94), Nathan Bearden 229th (25:04.08) and Colin Selenerick 244th (26:06.95).

Scottsboro ran without junior Hayden Judge, who missed the race because of sickness just one week after setting a school record time in the prior race.

Meanwhile, Scottsboro finished third in the Large School (Class 5A-7A) Girls 5K race. Fort Payne won the title with a winning low score of 52 points, with Lawrence County second (59) and Scottsboro third (69).

Emma Bradford (20:03.42) and Maddie Gossett (20:11.06) led the Scottsboro effort, finishing fourth and fifth respectively. 

“The Emma B as I call her, she’s always kind of battled knee pain…but she’s feeling better, she’s confident and excited. I knew that (kind of race) was there for her.”

Sadie Latham finished 21st (21:36.24) for the Wildcats while Hannah Cloud was 22nd (21:40.55), Anna Carlson 23rd (21:41.44), Lauren Paradise 33rd (22:39.48), Sera Laney 83rd (25:23.15), Daniela Ola 104th (27:12.63), Skylar Farr 105th (27:12.76) and Annabelle Parrish 117th (29:23.85).

Scottsboro’s teams are scheduled to run in the Jesse Owens Classic at the Oakville Indian Mounds Park — the site of next month’s AHSAA State Cross Country Championships — this coming Saturday.

Robinson was grateful to those who helped conduct the meet Saturday.

It would be impossible without them,” he said. “It went really well. The volunteers, sponsors, administrators out there all helping, we couldn’t do that meet without them.”

Junior Varsity

Scottsboro swept the team titles in the Scottsboro Invitational’s 2.1-mile junior high girls and boys races.

Scottsboro runners Ally Campbell and Hamilton Richardson won the individual race titles.

Scottsboro had a near-perfect score in the junior high girls race. Campbell won with a winning time of 13:20.30. Cambree Bradford was second (13:29.37), Smith Bradford third (13:46.73), Mabry Bonsall fourth (13:50.15) and Gracy Coley sixth (13:51.61). Makenna Howes followed in ninth place (14:30.86), Cadence Laughlin 14th (14:47.84), Shelton Linville 27th (15:38.49), Sadye Webb 63rd (17:56.31), Emma Carlson 84th (19:55.31), Abbie Young 93rd (24:01.96) and Lydia McDonald 97th (26:53.88).

Scottsboro had five of the Top-10 finishers in the junior high boys race. Richardson won the race’s individual title with a time of 11:38.87. Stephen Jones followed in fourth place (12:11.97) while Johny Felix was fifth (12:14.50), Alex Avenel ninth (12:32.68) and River Green 10th (12:37.38). Also for the Wildcats, Joe Black finished 24th (13:19.55), Mcgee Kilgore was 27th (13:24.07), Eli Sparks 30th (13:29.62), Ben Davis 32nd (13:38.78), Camden Porter 34th (13:44.00), John Merritt 44th (14:12.96), Cole Snyder 49th (14:24.03), Brady Strickland 55th (14:31.67) and Josh Laney 113th (18:36.43).

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