WHITESBURG, Ga. — A fellow Alabama team edged the Scottsboro varsity boy cross country team for a team title at a Georgia meet.

Three-time defending Class 6A Homewood edged three-time defending 5A state champion Scottsboro by 17 points to win the Coach Wood Invitational Saturday morning in Whitesburg, Georgia.

Homewood had a winning low score of 115 points. Scottsboro closed with 132 points in the 24-team race. Class 7A Vestavia Hills (200 points) made it three Alabama teams in the top-five after finishing fifth.

Cooper Atkins finished 14th with a school record time of 15:28.93 to lead the Scottsboro effort. Hayden Judge finished 15th (15:33.34) while Benson Atkins finished 23rd (15:48.46) while Rex Green was 50th (16:16.44) and Zach Avenel was 57th (16:20.53) to round out Scottsboro’s top-five scoring runners. 

Also for Scottsboro, Ben Gossett finished 80th (16:34.61) while Josue Vela Castillo was 81st (16:35.19), Brady Thomas 108th (16:51.64), Noah Bonsall 139th (17:07.32) and Jackson Howes 162nd (17:23.84).

Meanwhile, Scottsboro finished 27th in the Varsity Girls Championship 5K division race with 691 points. Maddie Gossett finished 87th (20:17.70) for Scottsboro while Emma Bradford was 133rd (20:55.00), Anna Carlson 162nd (21:22.70), Lauren Paradise 195th (21:57.10), Cadence Laughlin 212th (22:47.70), McCall Chandler 216th (23:00.20), Shelton Linville 218th (23:17..40) and Sadye Webb 242nd (25:23.20).

In the Junior Varsity Boys Championship 5K race, Scottsboro’s Josh Hill finished ninth for Scottsboro (17:27.94) while Wilson Hill was 24th (17:47.67), Cameron Estes 44th (18:01.24) and Ridge Wells 51st (18:05.24).

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