Another weekend, more strong finishes for the Scottsboro cross country teams.

Scottsboro posted top-five finishes in the Varsity Championship divisions at the Southern Showcase at John Hunt Park in Huntsville Saturday morning.

Scottsboro finished third in the Varsity Championship Boys 5K team standings with 78 points. Huntsville won the race with a winning low score of 43. Vestavia Hills (69 points) finished nine points in front of Scottsboro for second place.

“We had a great meet,” said Scottsboro head coach Luke Robinson. “Last week, we trained very hard. It was hot. Just a tough, tough week. So if they can do that after we trained like that, I can’t wait to see what we can do (when not training through meets).”

Junior Hayden Judge, who finished fourth, set a new Scottsboro school record and a 5A state record with a time of 15:29.46. The previous records were 15:39.09 set by Griff Graves.

“Once you get under 16 minutes, you just kind of run your race and let the times happen,” Robinson said. “It just so happened this was the fastest time a Scottsboro (male) has ever run. He put himself in position to run a great race.”

Cooper Atkins (15:37.59) finished sixth for Scottsboro, giving him the second fastest time ever run by an SHS male runner.

“To have the two fastest times ever run, that just goes back to what we’ve been talking more, flip that switch (at race time),” Robinson said. “It was also the fastest Scottsboro race we’ve ever run on average from 1-5 (finishers) and 1-7.”

 Benson Atkins finished 16th (16:10.21) for Scottsboro while Zach Avenel was 30th (16:30.51) and Evan Hill was 33rd (16:32.47) to round out the Wildcats’ top-five scoring runners. Noah Bonsall finished 47th (16:52.28), Brady Thomas 48th (16:55.07), Rex Green 57th (17:05.84), Ben Gossett 64th (17:20.75) and Josue Vela Castillo 99th (18:06.34).

Scottsboro finished fifth in the Varsity Championship Girls 5K standings with 106 points. Independence (Tennessee) won the race title with a winning low score of 81. Arlington (Tennessee) was second (90 points) while Vestavia Hills was third (91) and Homewood fourth (96).

Maddie Gossett was Scottsboro’s top finisher, placing ninth with a personal-recorded time of 19:39.04. The sophomore had been close to breaking the 20-minute mark in previous races this season before racing past the mark at Saturday’s race.

“She blasted the 20-minute mark out of the water,” Robinson said. “She put herself in a great position, too. She was smooth.”

Emma Bradford followed with a 19th-place finish for Scottsboro (20:39.05) while Ally Campbell was 24th (20:45.90), Sadie Latham 27th (20:49.28) and Hannah Cloud 49th to round out the Wildcats’ top-five scoring runners. Makenna Howes finished 53rd (21:58.16), Smith Bradford 60th (22:11.45) and Lauren Paradise 64th (22:24.19).

Scottsboro also fielded teams in the Large School Varsity 5K races. Scottsboro finished 14th (335 points) in the Large School Varsity Girls standings and seventh (194) in the Large School Varsity Boys standings.

Anna Carlson finished 28th (22:30.21) for the SHS girls while Kaylee Farr was 66th (23:54.18), Cadence Laughlin 71st (24:01.36), Sera Laney 92nd (24:47.77), Shelton Linville 95th (24:53.12) and Skylar Farr 132nd (26:26.62). 

For the SHS boys, Jackson Howes finished 27th (17:58.48) while Hamilton Richardson was 31st (18:05.06), Josh Hill 33rd (18:05.47), Wilson Hill 42nd (18:17.21), Stephen Jones 63rd (18:35.00), Ridge Wells 68th (18:41.90), Cameron Estes 73rd (18:49.32), Skylar Reichle 258th (21:41.33), Jo Carlile (22:26.63), Nathan Bearden 335th (24:03.12) and Colin Selenerick 364th (26:16.55).

Scottsboro’s junior high teams also raced Saturday, placing fourth in the junior high boys two-mile race and eighth in the junior high girls two-mile race. 

Scottsboro’s Cambree Bradford won the junior high girls race with a time of 12:57.12. Gracy Coley followed in third-place (13:43.24) while Sadye Webb was 58th (17:14.87), Emma Carlson 83rd (21:37.08), Abbie Young 89th (25:12.83) and Lydia McDonald 90th (28:33.99). 

Johny Felix led Scottsboro with a 12th-place finish (11:50.09) in the junior high boys race while Alex Avenel 16th (12:06.79), River Green 22nd (12:21.98), Eli Sparks 30th (12:32.05), Mcgee Kilgore 38th (12:54.64), Ben Davis 42nd (12:58.42), Camden Porter 57th (13:22.77), Cole Synder 72nd (13:46.23), Brady Strickland 89th (14:07.81), John Merritt 103rd (14:48.11) and Josh Laney 151st (17:14.14).

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