The championship trophies for the annual Seventh and Eighth Grade Cross Country Championships are staying put in Scottsboro.

The Scottsboro junior high girls and boys cross country teams swept the Seventh and Eighth Grade Cross Country Championships at the John R. Esslinger Trail of Champions at Scottsboro High School on Monday.

Scottsboro’s top-five runners in the boys 2-mile race division finished inside the Top 15 while its top-five runners in the girls division 2-mile race all finished in the top-16 spots. Scottsboro closed with a winning low score of 24 in the girls race, easily out-distancing runner-up Fort Payne (75). In the boys race, Scottsboro (43) edged American Christian of Tuscaloosa by 14 points.

“Our goal was to come away with both championship trophies and we did just that,” said Scottsboro head coach Luke Robinson. “We’ve got a great group of seventh- and eighth-grade runners this year. The future of these two classes is very bright in cross country. They’ve worked hard since the beginning of June, and it showed. I'm very proud of them.” 

Scottsboro had four of the top-eight finishers in the girls race. Cambree Bradford finished third for the Wildcats with a time of 12:50.89 while Ally Campbell was fourth (12:56.14), Smith Bradford sixth (13:00.15) and Mabry Bonsall eighth (13:15.44). Rounding out Scottsboro’s top-five scoring runners was 12th-place finisher Gracy Coley (13:30.73). Also for the Wildcats, Makenna Howes finished 16th (13:51.02) and Emma Carlson was 64th (18:05.54).

Running as individuals for North Sand Mountain, Josee Nail finished 56th (17:01.44) while Dacey Nail was 60th (17:41.84) and Lily McBryar was 74th (19:54.78).

In the boys race, Hamilton Richardson led the Scottsboro effort with a fifth-place finish (11:22.61). Stephen Jones finished seventh (11:31.06) while Johny Felix placed 10th (11:40.42), Alex Avenel 12th (11:51.65) and River Green 13th (11:58.22) to round out the Wildcats’ top-five scoring runners. Ben Davis finished 22nd (12:27.22) for Scottsboro while Camden Porter was 32nd (12:51.46), Eli Sparks 35th (13:09.21), Cole Synder 36th (13:13.97), Mcgee Kilgore 39th (13:17.07), Brady Strickland 43rd (13:25.12) and Josh Laney 91st (16:55.87).

Kayden Gilley (15:53.51) and Kolton Cooper (16:29.66) finished 81st and 87th respectively for NSM.

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