The Scottsboro varsity boys cross country team put flexed its muscle in a stout race on Saturday.
The Wildcats finished second in the Class 5A-7A large school race at the annual Scottsboro Invitational at the John R. Esslinger Trail of Champions.
Scottsboro scored 84 points, bested only by Class 7A Huntsville, which won with a winning low score of 39 as all five of its scoring runners finished in the Top 15.
Mountain Brook (124) finished third, Hewitt-Trussville (169) fourth and Thompson (235) fifth. The race featured 31 scoring teams and 441 runners.
Hayden Judge continued his strong start to the season, as he was Scottsboro’s top finisher for the fourth time in as many races this season. The sophomore placed fourth with a time of 16:04.93.
Benson Atkins finished 13th (16:32.93) for Scottsboro while Cooper Atkins was 17th (16:50.75), Rex Green 20th (16:57.30), Ben Gossett 30th (17:17.63), Hal Leighton 37th (17:32.40), Josue Vela Castillo 42nd (17:36.97), Tim Van der Linden 43rd (17:38.56), Will Coleman 49th (17:44.21), Brady Thomas 62nd (18:04.54), Zach Avenel 92nd (18:31.41), Jackson Howes 138th (19:12.61), Logan Roberts 148th (19:22.16), Brandon Cloud 150th (19:24.75), Levi Webb 326th (22:18.87) and Skylar Reichle 346th (22:47.87).
Meanwhile, Scottsboro finished fifth (143 points) in the varsity girls large school race, which featured 25 schools and 292 runners. Mountain Brook won with a winning low score of 29, followed by Homewood (85), Huntsville (118) and Fort Payne (132). Scottsboro was the top Class 5A finisher, edging sixth-place Lawrence County (172) by 29 points and ninth-place Arab (272) by 129 points.
Hannah Cloud was Scottsboro’s top finisher, placing 15th (20:10.70). Isabella Noble followed in 16th place (20:11.17) while McCall Chandler was 19th (20:16.93), Maddie Gossett 27th (20:46.34), Kaylee Farr 79th (22:40.92), Skylar Farr 80th (22:43.91), Katie Jones 91st (22:51.69), Wylie Webb 102nd (23:03.97), Amber Littles 104th (23:05.31), Emily Littles 105th (23:05.79), Ava Dukes 109th (23:14.31), Annabelle Parrish 178th (25:37.84), Daniela Ola 184th (25:49.48) and Madison Kubon 268th (30:40.90).
Scottsboro teams finish second in junior high races — The Scottsboro junior high girls and boys cross country teams both recorded second-place finishes in the Scottsboro Invitational’s junior high 2.1 miles races.
Scottsboro (45) was the runner-up in the junior high girls race behind Mountain Brook (25).
Emma Bradford paced the Wildcats with a third-place finish (14:00.38) while Lauren Judge was sixth (14:26.39), Sadie Latham ninth (14:32.91), Ally Campbell 11th (14:36.28), Smith Bradford 17th (14:55.31), Makenna Howes 23rd (15:19.11), Shelton Linville 42nd (16:02.00), Sadye Webb 44th (16:04.82), Collins Bradford 68th (17:03.70), Alektra Holt 69th (17:05.03), Sera Laney 70th (17:06.97), Brooklyn McGee 74th (17:22.00), Anna Miller 89th (18:07.61), Haylen Miles 113th (19:12.36) and Maggie Whitaker 122nd (20:01.56).
Meanwhile, Scottsboro (78) finished second in the junior high boys race to Huntsville (33).
Evan Hill led the Wildcats with a second-place finish (11:54.78) while Ridge Wells was fifth (12:08.58), Wilson Hill 17th (12:44.36), Jo Carlile 25th (12:51.78), Josh Hill 30th (13:02.76), Hamilton Richardson 32nd (13:09.29), Stephen Jones 37th (13:18.03), Johny Feliz 40th (13:24.47), Cameron Estes 44th (13:33.71), Tyler Allen 49th (13:39.71), Alex Farr 53rd (13:42.16), River Green 64th (13:52.74), Alex Avenel 67th (13:54.34), Christian Kilgore 117th (15:17.17), Nathan Bearden 120th (15:25.00), Alex Cloud 122nd (15:26.89) and Corbin Gray 167th (17:05.70).