Isabelle Flores crossed the finish line and looked toward her 4x400-meter relay teammates.
Their celebration told her all she needed to know.
Flores finished the final leg just under a second faster than Jasper’s 4x400-meter relay team did in a previous heat, giving Scottsboro third place and Jasper four and thus giving Scottsboro the Class 4A-5A Girls State Indoor Track and Field Championships Saturday night at the Birmingham Crossplex.
“I saw my teammates and it made me so happy. I knew we’d won done it,” said Flores, who teamed with Charlsi Henderson, Lauren Paradise and Anna Carlson in the 4x400 relay. “I was just really happy for my team. This is what we’ve been working for all season. It was a really sweet moment.”
It’s Scottsboro’s fourth all-time girls indoor state title and first since 2003.
Scottsboro and Jasper entered the 4x400, the final event of the meet, tied for the top spot with 58.50 points. Scottsboro was awarded six points for its third-place finish (4:21.50) while Jasper got five for finishing fourth (4:22.41), giving Scottsboro a one-point victory in the team standings.
“The girls knew that whoever won was going to be state champion,” said Scottsboro head coach Luke Robinson. “We had the advantage of being able to watch what (Jasper) ran. So our girls new that we had have to a season-best, 10 seconds better than what we’ve ever ran before, at least, to catch them. And we did. That was a big PR for us.”
Scottsboro finished with a team score of 64.50, with Jasper second at 63.50. Brewbaker Tech (40 points), Charles Henderson (38) and Ramsay (35) rounded out the top five.
Scottsboro had one individual event state champion — Carlson, Cambree Bradford, Flores and Lauren Paradise teamed up to win the 4x800 relay state title — while recording one runner-up finish and four third-place finishers. The top-three finishers medaled.
Robinson praised the efforts of all the SHS girls who “stepped up,” noting a number of Wildcats out-performed what they were seeded to in numerous events.
Robinson lauded Scottsboro athletes who came through with key point-scoring finishes late in the day on Saturday when “the pressure” of the team state championship race began to intensify.
“We had a lot of things go really well. Jasper did, too. Props to them they had a really good meet,” Robinson said. “It wasn’t given to us. We did better than we were supposed to in a lot of (events). We came in seeded certain places and had a lot of girls out-perform what they were supposed to do.”
Here are the finishes for Scottsboro athletes at the 2020 AHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships:
Class 4A-5A Girls
› Anna Carlson, Cambree Bradford, Isabelle Flores and Lauren Paradise teamed up to win the 4x800-meter relay state championship. Their time was 10:20.16.
› Charlsi Henderson, Lauren Paradise, Anna Carlson and Isabelle Flores teamed up to finish third in the 4x400-meter relay. Their time was 4:21.50.
› Alyssa Bell finished third in the high jump (5 feet) while Caroline Sanders tied for fourth (4-10).
› Ally Campbell finished fourth (5:38.21) and Isabella Noble was fifth (5:40.09) in the 1600-meter run.
› Caroline Sanders finished fifth (15-08) and Emma Hancock 12th (14-07) in the long jump.
› Lauren Paradise placed ninth (1:02.18) and Isabelle Flores was 17th (1:03.84) in the 400-meter dash.
› Isabella Noble posted a state runner-up finish in the 3200-meter run with a new personal-record time of 11:48.60. Maddie Gossett finished eighth (12:26.17).
› Makayla Keel finished third in the pole vault (9-06).
› Emma Hancock posted a seventh-place finish (30-08.25) in the Class 4A-5A Girls Triple Jump.
› Anna Carlson finished seventh (2:34.00) and Lauren Paradise was 11th (2:37.93) in the 800-meter run.
› Emily Fortson (27-03.50) and Amy Roberts (25-05.50) finished 10th and 15th respectively in the Shot Put.
› Charlsi Henderson, Caroline Sanders, Emma Hancock and Isabelle Flores teamed up to finish third in the 4x200-meter relay (1:53.73).