The Scottsboro varsity boys cross country team started the 2019 season in dominating fashion.
The Wildcats placed five runners in the top-nine spots en route to the claiming the large school boys division 5K championship at the Lawrence County Pepsi Challenge in Moulton on Saturday.
Defending Class 5A state champion Scottsboro posted a winning low score of 24, 50 points better than runner-up Randolph and 63 more than defending 7A state champion Huntsville.
“All the way around, we looked good,” said Scottsboro head coach Luke Robinson. “I was real proud of them. I thought they ran smart races. It was so hot, so humid, the air was thick. Going into that first race, you want to keep yourself in good position early on.”
Cooper Atkins was the large school boys race’s individual winner with a time of 16:29.82.
“Cooper had a really great race,” Robinson said.
Hayden Judge finished third (16:44.68) while Benson Atkins was fifth (16:49.36), Zach Avenel was sixth (16:58.82) and Rex Green was ninth (17:12.79) to round out Scottsboro’s top-five scoring runners. Noah Bonsall finished 12th (17:19.17) while Josue Vela Castillo was 17th (17:42.13), Jackson Howes 24th (18:04.63), Brady Thomas 27th (18:09.23), Ridge Wells 45th (18:53.88), Skylar Reichle 113th (22:10.72), Christian Kilgore (22:59.50), Jo Carlile 138th (23:43.72), Nathan Bearden 144th (24:32.54) and Colin Selenerick (24:53.82).
Large school girls race — Scottsboro finished fourth in the large-school 5K race at Saturday’s Lawrence County Pepsi Challenge.
Scottsboro closed with a team score of 101. James Clemens finished first (58 points), followed by Lawrence County (69) and Huntsville (74).
Maddie Gossett was Scottsboro’s top finisher, placing fourth with a time of 20:41.67.
“That 20:41 (by Gossett) is really impressive,” Robinson said, “especially on that course. It’s a tough course. You’re strides are always breaking, lot of hairpin turns, a lot of uneven football. I think we’ll see Maddie Gossett break 20 minutes before long.”
Hannah Cloud finished 13th (21:49) for the Wildcats while Lauren Paradise was 24th (22:52.45), Anna Carlson 31st (23:37.62), Kaylee Farr 37th (24:14.38), Katie Jones 40th (25:01.45), Emily Littles 43rd (25:12.29), Wylie Webb 44th (25:13.47), Skylar Farr 56th (26:26.92) and Daniela Ola 65th (28:24.35).
Junior high girls race — Scottsboro’s five scoring runners all placed in the top-eight spots to give the Wildcats the junior high girls two-mile race championship. Scottsboro closed with 21 points, 22 points better than runner-up Huntsville.
Emma Bradford finished third (13:14.00) for the Wildcats while Ally Campbell was fourth (13:14.18), Cambree Bradford fifth (13:35.69), Mabry Bonsall sixth (13:43.76) and Makenna Howes eighth (13:50.52).
Sadie Latham finished 11th (14:16.18) for Scottsboro while Smith Bradford was 13th (14:26.87), Cadence Laughlin 16th (14:47.36), Gracy Coley 18th (14:55.75) and Shelton Linville 21st (15:11.30).
“The girls really a good race, a fast race,” Robinson said.
Junior high boys race — Scottsboro nearly posted a perfect score in winning the junior high boys two-mile race. The Wildcats finished with 18 points, with Huntsville second with 67 points.
Evan Hill won the race with a time of 11:08.11, while Scottsboro teammates Hamilton Richardson (11:19.25), Wilson Hill (11:38.02) and Josh Hill (11:46.17) finished second, third and fourth respectively.
“Almost a perfect score,” Robinson said. “That’s awesome.”
Johnny Felix’s eighth-place (12:01.78) rounded out the scoring for Scottsboro. The Wildcats’ Alex Avenel finished 12th (12:15.80) while Cameron Estes was 13th (12:27.10), Stephen Jones 21st (12:38.60), River Green 33rd (12:57.64), Joe Black 39th (13:04.87), Eli Sparks 50th (13:36.03), Mcgee Kilgore 52nd (13:39.62), Ben Davis 54th (13:42.48), Cole Synder 65th (14:06.61), Camden Porter 66th (14:06.88), Brady Strickland 116th (16:16.11), John Merritt 146th (17:55.18) and Josh Laney 154th (18:17.21).