If one stopped by Trammell Stadium this week, the scene might confuse them.
With the state indoor track meet set for this weekend, Scottsboro wasn’t working extra or practicing with extra intensity. Instead, Scottsboro coach Luke Robinson wanted a laid-back, business-like approach with the state meet looming.
“Everybody’s ready,” he said. “They’ve been working all year, so the hay is in the barn. Don’t put a lot pressure on it, don’t stress about it. Just make sure we go do what we’re supposed to do.”
The 2020 AHSAA Indoor Track and Field Championships are scheduled for Friday and Saturday at the Birmingham Crossplex.
Friday’s session begins at 9 a.m. while Saturday’s session beings at 8 a.m. Admission is $10 per day.
Scottsboro is chasing a third consecutive Class 1A-5A boys indoor track and field state championship in the past four seasons.
Scottsboro along with Ramsay, Briarwood Christian and Randolph are considered the top contenders for the 2020 state title.
“We’ve got our strong events, and we’ve got to do what we’re supposed to do (in those events),” Robinson said of the SHS boys team. “We’ve got to get a few more point in some events, that’ll be important.”
Meanwhile, Scottsboro will try to win the program’s first girls indoor track and field state title since 2003.
Scottsboro’s top competition for the girls title figures to be Jasper, Brewbaker Tech, Ramsay, Charles Henderson and Brewer.
“We’ve got a lot of competition (in events),” Robinson said. “We’ve got some (athletes) seed just outside (of point-scoring positions). So if they can move up and get us some points that would really be great.”
Scottsboro has 16 boys and 16 girls who will compete in the state meet.
“They’re ready to compete,” Robinson said. “We’ve got a lot of athletes that I don’t think have had their best meet yet, so there is we can still improve on.”