Scottsboro dominates the 800-meter run

Scottsboro’s Bobby Parsons (left) and Crawford Hope (center) congratulate one another after Hope finished first, Parsons second and Hayden Judge (right) third in the 800-meter dash Saturday at the Class 5A state meet.


The Scottsboro varsity boys track and field team came up just a few points shy of state repeat.

Beauregard used a fourth-place finish in the state meet’s last event to edge Scottsboro 88.50-84.50 and win the Class 5A boys state championship Saturday afternoon in Gulf Shores.

“We came in knowing where we were sitting and our guys did either better [than their seed] or did their job,” said Scottsboro head coach Luke Robinson. “We had a lot of PRs [personal records] this weekend. We didn’t have a bad performance the whole weekend.”

Scottsboro used a 1-2-3 finish from Crawford Hope, Bobby Parsons and Hayden Judge in the 800-meter run to surge from 23 points back to take a one-point lead. 

But Scottsboro ran its heat in the 4x400 on Thursday afternoon, so it could only watch and hope that Beauregard — the race’s seventh seed — would not register a point-scoring finish or that its own finish would land in the top-eight.

Robinson lauded the efforts of Hope, Parsons and Judge for getting the Wildcats in contention late in the meet.

“We knew going into the 800 we had to have a 1-2-3 finish,” he said, “and they went and did it. To see them run that race and finish like that with all that pressure was impressive. They crushed it. I respect them for responding to that pressure like they did.”

Meanwhile, the big winner for Scottsboro during the meet was Hope. The freshman distance runner won a state championship in each of his four events. He won the 1600-meter run (4:25.73) on Thursday before notching two in Friday in the 3200 (9:31.89) and the 4x800-relay (8:22.74) along with teammates Judge, Parsons and Will Coleman. He grabbed title No. 4 by running a winning time of 1:59.14 in Saturday’s 800-meter run.

“It’s one thing to sweep [event state titles], but to do that as a freshman in amazing,” Robinson said. “I was talking to a coach from Vestavia Hills who’s been there for years — he was talking about meets in the 1960s — and he said he couldn’t remember a freshman doing that.

“Our whole distance crew, that makes them so good is they do the little things it takes to get better. They know what they have to do and they’re going to get it done. They’re one of the best distance crews to every come through Scottsboro. They’re all back [next season] and their goal is to be the best distance crew ever in Alabama.”

Judge medaled in all four of his events, finishing first in the 4x800, was second in the 1600 (4:25.73) and 3200 (9:41.23) and third in the 800 (2:00.68). Parsons medaled after helping Scottsboro win the 4x800 relay and finishing second in the 800 (1:59.57) while Cooper Atkins medaled with a third-place finish in the 1600 (4:31.91) and Christian Hutson medaled with a third-place finish in the pole vault (13 feet) while seventh-grader Maddox Hamm posted a seventh-place finish in the pole vault. The 12-year-old cleared 12 feet, six inches before coming up short in three attempts at 13-feet, which would’ve been a quarter-of-an-inch shy world record for a 12-year-old vaulter.

“Both of [the pole vaulters] PR’d,” Robinson said. “It was fun seeing Maddox go after 13 feet. He just missed it on his third attempt, just brushed it off. He’s amazing to watch. He’s been at this five or six months, and we’re already telling him cues and things that you normally don’t tell them until they third or fourth year.”

Also for SHS, Benson Atkins finished eighth (10:20.82) in the 3200 and Jacob Manning was 12th (144-07) in the javelin while Alex Cantrell was 12th (39-09) and Nate Boleware was 13th (39-04.5) in the triple jump. Boleware also finished 15th (19-05.75) in the long jump and 22nd in the 400-meter dash.

Scottsboro’s 4x400-meter relay team of Boleware, Brandon Cloud, Tres Sanford and Parsons posted a ninth-place finish (3:35.25).

SHS girls finish fourth — Scottsboro finished fourth in the Class 5A girls team standings with 46.33 points, finishing behind champion St. Paul’s (98), Arab (52) and Faith Academy (47).

Some untimely injuries leading up to and at state hampered the Scottsboro cause, but Robinson praised his team for battling through them to compete.

“There weren’t any super bad injuries, but it was frustrating. They competed well,” he said. “Anna Carlson battled an injury, and what she did was impressive.”

Lauren Hamm had Scottsboro’s top finish, finishing as the state runner-up in the pole vault (10 feet). Hamm also finished third in the high jump (5 feet) while Lauren Bell placed third in the javelin throw (115-07).

“Lauren Bell had a really good meet, PR’d in the javelin really big,” he said. “It was good that Lauren Hamm got to the medal stand.”

Scottsboro got fourth-place finishes from Kyla Reichle in the pole vault (8-06) and Izzy Wynn in the triple jump (35-05.75) while Anna Carlson, Courtney Cleveland, Amber Littles and Isabella Noble teamed up for a fourth-place finish (10:26.62) in the 4x800-meter relay.

Wynn also finished sixth (106-11) in the javelin, seventh (15-10.75) in the long jump and 18th (1:03.03) in the 400 while Noble finished sixth (12:12.96) in the 3200 and 14th in the 1600 (5:54.64) and Lauren Bell finished seventh (33-02.5) in the shot put and 12th (91-01) in the discus. Alyssa Bell finished eighth (4-06) in the high jump while Hannah Cloud was eighth in the 3200 (12:20.19) and 12th in the 1600 (5:44.06) and McCall Chandler was ninth in the 3200 (12:22.82) and 13th in the 1600 (5:46.28). Cleveland finished 14th (2:32.31), Littles 18th (2:35.07) and Carlson 19th (2:44.47) in the 800 and Carlson was also 18th in the 300-meter hurdles (52.46).

 The Wildcats’ 4x100 relay team of Libby Fowler, Emma Hancock, Hanna Allen and Lauren Paradise posted a 10th-place finish (52.27 seconds) while the 4x400 team of Carlson, Paradise, Cleveland and Isabelle Flores finished 12th (4:22.30).


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