The defending Class 5A boys outdoor state track and field champion Scottsboro Wildcats
Scottsboro started its state title defense with a statement performance in the 5A boys 1600-meter run.
Scottsboro’s Crawford Hope won the state title in the event with a time of 4:25.73 while teammates Hayden Judge finished second (4:28.15) and Cooper Atkins was third (4:31.91). The performance gave the Wildcats an early 19-point lead in the team standings.
Also for the SHS boys, Jacob Manning posted a 12th-place finish in the 5A boys javelin throw (144-07) while Nate Boleware notched a 15th-place finish in the long jump (19-05.75).
Meanwhile, Izzy Wynn and Lauren Bell both scored points for the SHS girls. Wynn finished seventh in the 5A girls long jump with a mark of 15-10.75 while Bell was seventh in the shot put (33-02.50). Aaliyah Scott-Sexton finished 16th in the shot put (31-07.50).
Scottsboro’s Hannah Cloud finished 12th (5:44.06) while McCall Chandler was 13th (5:46.28) and Isabella Noble was 14th (5:54.64) in the 1600 while Libby Fowler, Emma Hancock, Hanna Allen and Lauren Paradise teamed up for a 10th-place finish in the 4x100-meter relay race (52.27 seconds).
North Jackson’s Lee Witherspoon qualified for the 4A boys 100-meter dash with a fourth-place finish (11.08 seconds) in Thursday’s prelims.
The Chiefs’ Johny Gilliam finished 11th in the 4A boys javelin throw (145-02).
Hope won his second state championship in as many days, this time in the 5A boys 3200-meter run. He won with winning time of 9:31.89. Judge ran a 9:41.23 to five SHS a 1-2 finish in the event while Benson Atkins finished eighth (10:20.82).
Nate Boleware finished 22nd in the 400-meter dash (53.39).
Meanwhile, Scottsboro’s Lauren Hamm was the state runner-up in the 5A girls pole vault while teammate Kyla Reichle finished fourth (8-06).
In the 5A girls 3200, Noble led a trio of Scottsboro runners with a sixth-place finish (12:12.96) while Cloud finished eighth (12:20.19) and Chandler was ninth (12:22.82). Wynn finished 18th in the 400 (1:03.03).
Section’s Tirsah Morris won the state championship in the Class 2A girls javelin throw. The senior posted a winning mark of 102-06, three inches farther than runner-up Sidney Oliver of Gaston.
Morris also posted a 14th-place finish in the 400-meter dash (1:07.96), Smart was ninth in the javelin throw (83-05) and Section’s 4x100-meter relay team finished 14th (57.23).
Section’s 4x100-meter boys relay team finished 16th (48.60).
Skyline’s Troy Saint finished 21st (5:25.80) and Woodville’s Hunter Sisk finished 22nd (5:28.11) in the 1A boys 1600-meter run.
Pisgah’s Hannah Gant posted a sixth-place finish (30-08) in the 3A girls shot put.
North Jackson’s Riley Anderson finished ninth in the 4A girls shot put with a mark of 29-06.25.
› Some of Friday’s events were still in progress at press time. Look for the results from Friday’s remaining events and Saturday’s final day of action.