Relay win

Bobby Parsons was part of the Scottsboro 4x800- meter winning relay team.


The Scottsboro varsity boys indoor track and field team put a meet championship on its resume.

The Wildcats totaled 65.5 points, edging Ramsay by 8.5 points to win the Class 1A-5A Holiday Invitational at the Birmingham Crossplex on Friday.

Meanwhile, the Scottsboro girls finished third (54.66) in the varsity girls standings behind Ramsay (76) and Catholic-Montgomery (60).

“I thought we had a great meet overall,” said Scottsboro head coach Luke Robinson. “I was very proud of our performances.  We made some improvements over the week and it showed at the meet.  In field events and running events we performed better in almost every event. We expect this growth to continue to our next meet in early January.

“We have a full 4 weeks of training until the next meet.  We will take a few days off for Christmas break, but that's it. It's very important that we maintain fitness levels over the holidays.  Our focus is still on winning 2 state championships in February.  We are capable, we just have to go get it.”

The Wildcats’ best finish in the varsity boys division came in the 4x800-meter relay, as their “A” 4x8000 team of Hayden Judge, Rex Green, Will Coleman and Bobby Parsons took the top spot with a time of 8:37.70. Scottsboro’s “B” relay team of Hal Leighton, Zach Avenel, Josue Vela Castillo and Timo Van der Linden finished third (8:54.90) while the “C” relay team of Ben Gossett, Brady Tomas, Ridge Wells and Wilson Hill finished 13th (9:38.81).

Meanwhile, Scottsboro’s “A” 4x400 relay team of Judge, Coleman, Parsons and Van der Linden posted a second-place finish (3:48.41). Scottsboro’s “B” relay team of Leighton, Green, Logan Roberts and Patrick Miller finished seventh (3:54.13) and its “C” relay team of Wells, Hill, Brody Williams and Noah Bonsall finished 17th (4:21.02).

Meanwhile, Judge finished second (4:35.26) and Green was third (4:37.99) in the 1600-meter run while Parsons placed fifth (2:06.83), Leighton seventh (2:12.45) and Coleman ninth (2:13.98) in the 800. Also, Vela Castillo finished fifth (10:21.54), Gossett eighth (10:35.73), Avenel ninth (10:37.91) and Evan Hill 13th in the 3200.

Alex Cantrell placed second in the triple jump (39 feet), while Rio Reyes (5-foot, 8 inches) and Logan Roberts (5-04) posted a third- and seventh-place finishes in the high jump and Maddox Hamm finished fourth (13 feet) and Christian Hutson seventh (12 feet) in pole vault. 

Hutson also finished 13th (32-08.25) in the triple jump while Cantrell was 16th in the long jump (17-05) an Nathan Jones 16th (36-09) were in the shot put.

On the girls side, Scottsboro teammates Lauren Hamm and Isabel Wynn tied for second (4-08) in the high jump while Sadie Latham finished second (12:40.11) in the 3200.

Hamm finished third (9-06) and Makayla Keel fourth (8 feet) in the pole vault, and Wynn placed fourth (15-04.75) in the long jump while Maddie Gossett was fifth (12:57.86) in the 3200 and McCall Chandler was sixth (5:43.73) and Emma Bradford eighth (5:53.17) in the 1600 and Isabella Noble was ninth in the 800 (2:39.55).

Kaylee Farr notched a 13th-place finish in the 3200 (14:00.81) while Emily Fortson was 15th (25-11) in the shot put and Halie Allen was 18th (13-02.25).

Scottsboro’s girls “A” 4x800 relay team of Noble, Amber Littles, Emily Littles and Chandler teamed up to post a second-place finish (10:37.55), while Scottsboro’s “C” relay team of Courtney Cleveland, Lauren Judge, Kenzie Gorman and Skylar Farr finished seventh (11:30.72) and the its “B” relay team of Latham, Maddie Gossett, Bradford and Kaylee Farr finished ninth (12:10.86).

In the 4x400 relay, Scottsboro’s “A” relay team of Cleveland, Charlsi Henderson, Chandler and Noble finished eighth (4:46.1) while Scottsboro’s “B” team of Gorman, Skylar Farr, Bradford and Lauren Judge finished 13th (5:10.83).

In the 4x200, Halie Allen, Hanna Allen, Henderson and Wynn teamed up for a 10th-place finish (1:58.13).

“We always run a lot of relays at these early meets.  It encourages athletes to work together and cheer each other on,” Robinson said. “In track and field, it’s easy to get caught up in individual performances, but when everyone is rooting for everyone, individual performances usually improve. This is something that we are constantly working on.”

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