The Scottsboro varsity girls cross country team came up short in its quest to win a state championship on Saturday after finishing third in the AHSAA Cross Country Championships’ Class 6A Girls Race.

But Scottsboro head coach Luke Robinson said it wasn’t because the Wildcats did not give a championship-winning effort.

“Probably the most gusty, complete 1-to-10 race the girls have run in at least four years here (at state),” Robinson said. “I know we’ve won some (during that time span), and today we didn’t win, but as far as top to bottom, grit it out bring it, I don’t think there’s been one as good as this. I know they got third. We came with a plan to run a perfect race and let the chips fall where they may and that’s what they did. You can’t be upset about that.”

Mountain Brook continued its season-long dominance, winning the Class 6A Girls State championship with a winning low score of 26, 78 points better than runner-up Homewood.

“We’ll try to get that back next year,” Robinson said.

Mountain Brook’s win was its AHSAA record 24th girls cross country state title, breaking a tie with Scottsboro, which has 23 all-time state titles.

Scottsboro closed with a team score of 131. The Wildcats had one all-state runner and had three runners finish in the Top-25. 

Sophomore Ally Campbell posted an all-state finish for the Wildcats, placing 10th with a time 18:56.32. Junior Emma Bradford (19:51.66) finished 23rd and senior Maddie Gossett (19:52.22) was 24th for Scottsboro while sophomore Smith Bradford was 36th (20:19.52), freshman Mabry Bonsall 51st (20:40.15), eighth-grader Mia Martin 55th (20:50.91), freshman Cambree Bradford (20:58.77), seventh-grader Banks Bradford 64th (20:59.52), senior Lauren Paradise 78th (21:20.75) and junior Shelton Linville 111th (22:16.21).

Scottsboro improved by three spots from last season when finished sixth in the Class 6A Girls state meet.

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