Scottsboro High School’s varsity girls and boys track and field/cross country programs are one-third of the way to their goals for the 2019-20 school year.
Those goals are to achieve both a girls and boys triple crown by winning cross country, indoor track and field and outdoor track and field state championships in the same season — the SHS boys accomplished the feat last season the SHS girls won the cross country and outdoor track and field titles.
After sweeping the Class 5A cross country state championships last month, Scottsboro begins its quest to win the indoor crowns this weekend at the Magic City Invitational in Birmingham.
“They’re both looking really strong,” Scottsboro head coach Luke Robinson said of his teams. “I think that both teams have a real good shot (at state titles) this year. We have to show up and do what we’re supposed to do.”
Scottsboro figures to be strong in the distance races in both divisions. Leading the distance crew for the girls is Isabella Noble, who won the outdoor 3200-meter state title last May. Meanwhile, Cooper Atkins and Hayden Judge lead a deep field of distance runners for the SHS boys.
In the field events, Scottsboro features a pair of state-title contenders in the boys pole vault with Maddox Hamm, in the shot put with Nathan Jones and the high jump with Logan Roberts. On the girls side, Alyssa Bell in the high jump and Makayla Keel in the pole vault are state contenders.
“I’m excited to watch our kids compete,” Robinson said. “I like to see them achieve their goals and if they don’t, I like to see what they learned and how they are going to adjust. I’m really excited about this group. They want to win. It’s been a while since we’ve had a double triple crown. Our kids are motivated to do that.”