The Scottsboro varsity girls cross country knew it had some ground to make up on Catholic-Montgomery in the race for the Class 4A-5A girls indoor state championship.
Unfortunately for the Wildcats, that ground — and better than expected effort from another challenger — foiled Scottsboro’s championship hopes.
Scottsboro had 59 points to place third in the state meet, 21 points back of champion Catholic-Montgomery and seven points back of runner-up Ramsay.
“We knew coming in that Catholic-Montgomery was out there and it was going to take making up some ground to get to them,” said Scottsboro head coach Luke Robinson. “We had some good events early, but had a few events didn’t go as well as we hoped, didn’t hit our seed times or marks.”
Still, Scottsboro athletes had numerous personal record efforts along with all those who earned medals in individual events.
“We performed well,” Robinson said. “We had a lot of good performances.
Scottsboro got event state runner-up finishes for Lauren Hamm in the pole vault (10 feet, 3 inches), Aaliyah Scott Sexton in the shot put (39-09.25), Isabella Noble in the 3200-meter run (11:51.16) and Isabel Wynn in the high jump (5-02). Wynn and Catholic-Montgomery’s Isabelle Cochran both failed to clear 5-04, but Cochran won the state title because it took her few jumps to clear 5-02.
Noble, Courtney Cleveland, McCall Chandler and Emily Littles medaled in the 4x800-meter relay for Scottsboro with a third-place finish (10:39.31). Wynn, Lauren Paradise, Emily Littles and Emma Hancock posted a school indoor record time of 4:16.79 and finished fifth for Scottsboro in the 4x400-meter relay. Scottsboro’s 4x00 relay team of Hancock, Paradise, Halie Allen and Charlsi Henderson posted an eighth-place finish (1:55.11).
Other Top-10 finishes for Scottsboro were Makayla fourth in the pole vault (8-06), Wynn fifth in the triple jump (34-01.75), Littles seventh in the 800 (2:33.31), Chandler seventh in both the 1600 (5:43.10) and the 3200 (12:37.02), Hancock eighth in the long jump 15-01.25) and Noble ninth in the 800 (2:35.17).
Hancock also finished 12th in the triple jump (32-02) while Hamm was 12th in the high jump (4-06) and Madison Kubon was 17th in the shot put (25-02.5). Paradise (1:04.12) and Cleveland (1:05.47) turned in 12th- and 24th-place finishes respectively in the 400.