Scottsboro track and field coaches gathered up and began running the math.
After strong finishes in the state meet’s last event, the 4x400-meter relay, the numbers didn’t lie.
Scottsboro won a pair of Class 5A state track and field championships, edging Ramsay in an extremely close battle for the boys and girls titles at the Gulf Shores Sports Complex on Saturday.
It was the first time since 2003 that both Scottsboro teams won state outdoor track and field championships in the same season.
“It’s just been a nail-bitter the whole weekend. It came down to the 4x400 on both sides. Speechless. That was fun,” said Scottsboro head coach Luke Robinson. “Our kids are team focused. That’s all people were worried about — the teams. Nobody was worried about their individual success other than how it can benefit the whole entire team.”
Scottsboro won its second boys state championship and second “Triple Crown” — the Wildcats won the 5A boys cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field state championships in the same school year — since the 2016-17 school year. Scottsboro closed with 83 points while Ramsay was the state runner-up with 78 points.
Meanwhile, the Scottsboro girls team won its first state championship in 16 years and did so by the slimmest of margins, edging Ramsay by seventh-tenths of a point. Scottsboro closed with 83.7 points to Ramsay’s 83.
“A lot of our big events, we came through. But all the fourths, fifths, sixths, sevenths and eighths that kids didn’t really feel meant much (at the time), they mattered. The girls won by less than a point — it mattered. The boys won by five points — it mattered.”
Scottsboro has now won six boys and five girls outdoor track and field state championships.
In all, Scottsboro had six state event champions, two state runners-up, 13 medalists (top-three finishes) and 31 point-scoring finishes.
After Cooper Atkins won the boys 1600-meter run state title and Lauren Hamm won the girls pole vault crown on Thursday, Scottsboro collected state titles from Isabella Noble in the girls 3200 (11:54.18) and the boys 4x800-meter relay team (10:24.39) of Rex Green, Zach Avenel, Hayden Judge and Benson Atkins. On Saturday, the Wildcats got two more state championships from senior Izzy Wynn in the 800 (2:21.47) and eighth-grader Maddox Hamm in the pole vault (14 feet, nine inches).
Wynn, who also medaled with a third-place finish in the javelin (114-10) and finished fourth in the 300-meter hurdles (48,73 seconds), was in second place in the 800 when the bell rang to signal the final lap. The senior took off at the sound of the bell and won the race by nearly three seconds.
“It was my last race (of my career),” Wynn said. “I thought ‘this is my last 400 meters,’ and I just ran it with all I had.”
Hamm broke his own United States record for a 13-year-old pole vaulter by clearing 14-09 on the way to his first state championship. He attempted to set the World Record for a 13-year-old vaulter, but he missed at 15 feet, 3.5 inches on three attempts.
“That last 15-03.5 jump, that was close,” said Hamm, adding it was “pretty cool” that he and his sister Lauren both won 5A state titles in the same event. “I was just out there having fun. I came to state last year, got seventh, I think. Being able to help the team that much more this year is a good feeling.”
As they waited for the trophy presentation, Scottsboro athletes from both teams celebrated together.
“Getting the double, everybody gets to (celebrate),” Robinson said. “The tradition of success is there. The kids show up ready to work, ready to compete, walk in every season with the achievable goal of fighting for that blue trophy. They stay hungry for it. It’s a fun group of kids to be around.”