The Scottsboro track and field teams are well equipped to chase state championships — both team and individual titles — at the Class 5A state meet.
Scottsboro had total of 31 Scottsboro athletes (18 girls and 13 boys) qualify for the 2018 AHSAA Track and Field Championships during last weekend’s Class 5A Section 4 meet at James Clemens High School in Madison.
Scottsboro won the varsity girls sectional championship and was the runner-up in the varsity boys division.
“I thought we had a great showing at sectionals,” said Scottsboro head coach Luke Robinson. “We had some athletes that weren't seeded to qualify, but they competed well, stepped up and performed better than their seed marks to qualify. We also received some unexpected wildcards, which is always a blessing. There aren’t a lot of teams that can say they get to bring 31 athletes to the state meet. I’m proud of the way the athletes performed this weekend, and we are looking forward to even better marks and times this weekend at Gulf Shores.”
The state meet is Thursday-Saturday in Gulf Shores. The top-five sectional finishers who met state qualifying standards advanced to state, while the top-four athletes statewide that did not place in the top-five at a sectional received wildcard berths.
The Scottsboro girls team had athletes qualify for state in 15 events.
Izzy Wynn advanced to state by posting a pair of sectional championships in the long jump (16-05.5) and triple jump (32.06.75), while Isabella Noble won the 3200-meter run sectional title (11:53.94) while Lauren Hamm won the high jump sectional crown (5 feet).
Wynn also qualified for state in the 400 with a third-place finish (1:01.99) and the javelin with a fifth-place finish (97-11), and Hamm also qualified in the pole vault after finishing second (10 feet) while Noble also qualified in the 1600 with a third-place finish (5:37.30).
Anna Carlson qualified for state in the 300-meter hurdles with a second-place finish (51.01) and in the 800-meter run with a third-place finish (2:30.72). Lauren Bell qualified for state in the discus (95-06) and the javelin (95-06) with a pair of third-place sectional finishes while Kyla Reichle qualified by finishing third in pole vault (9 feet).
Hannah Cloud qualified in the 1600 (5:38.90) and McCall Chandler qualified in the 3200 (12:23.35) thanks to fourth-place finishes while Aaliyah Scott-Sexton in the shot put (33-4), Autumn Ingram in triple jump (32-06.75), Emma Hancock in the long jump (15-02) all qualified for state with fifth-place finishes.
All three of Scottsboro’s relay teams qualified for state. The 4x100 team (51.59) of Libby Fowler, Hancock, Hanna Allen and Lauren Paradise placed second at sectionals, as did the 4x800 team (10:35.25) of Carlson, Noble, Amber Littles and Courtney Cleveland. The 4x400 team of Carlson, Paradise, Cleveland and Isabella Flores posted a third-place finish (4:26.70).
The SHS girls also received state wildcards for Cleveland and Littles in the 800, Chandler in the 1600, Cloud in the 3200 and Hancock in the triple jump.
On the boys side, Scottsboro won three event sectional championships en route to qualifying for state.
Crawford Hope won the 800-meter run sectional title (2:01.98) and Christian Hutson won the pole vault sectional crown (12-06), while the relay team of Hope, Hayden Judge, Will Coleman and Bobby Parsons took the top spot in the 4x800 (8:34.22).
Scottsboro seventh-grader Maddox Hamm qualified for state in the pole vault with a second-place finish. He cleared 12 feet, and if he clears the next height, 12-06, at state, would get an opportunity to set a new world record for 12 year olds with an attempt at clearing 13 feet.
“We may have a world record attempt this weekend [at state],” Robinson said.
Scottsboro had three runners qualify in each of the distance race, as Hope, Parsons (2:02.98) and Judge (2:03.26) finished first, second and third respectively in the 800, Hope (4:40.39), Judge (4:40.47) and Cooper Atkins (4:40.69) were third, fourth and fifth in the 1600 and Hope (10:02.32), Judge (10:02.37) and Benson Atkins (10:14.16) were second, third and fourth in the 3200.
Jacob Manning qualified for state in the javelin with a third-place finish (152-02) while Nate Boleware qualified by finishing third in the long jump (20-09) and Alex Cantrell qualified by finishing fourth in the triple jump (40-06.5). Scottsboro also got a third-place finish (3:35.96) from its 4x400 relay team of Boleware, Parsons, Brandon Cloud and Tres Sanford.
The SHS boys, who will have athletes in 10 total events, also received state wildcards for Boleware in the 400-meter dash and the triple jump.