The Guntersville cross country team is very young this year, but they still had a good showing at the county meet last Wednesday.
The JV boys ended up as the county runner-up. On the varsity girls side, Kenlie Nelson finished 2nd overall.
It was hot and humid, the cool weather hadn’t arrived yet, so times were a bit off. Still, Coach Chris Bashaw liked the experience his team got as they built towards sectionals, which are Thursday at Cold Springs.
Kenlie was only 15 seconds off her usual time, pretty good considering the weather.
“Some of our girls are still working on the transition from track to cross country,” Coach Bashaw said. “We are looking forward to the girls sectional meet. I think the last 2 spots for state meet qualifier will come down to us, Douglas and Brewer. Hopefully, this meet helped us get out some of the jitters.”
Lan Pilotte was the only varsity boys racer.
“He is still improving every week,” Coach Bashaw said.
Guntersville set a goal of having 6 runners make All County and that was achieved. The All County performers were Ella Beth Sampson, Luke Pilotte, Trevor Mason, Kenlie Nelson, Ben McCurdy and Taylor King.
He’s hopeful all his runners can build on the experience gained in the county meet.
Arab won both girls divisions and Albertville both boys divisions.
“We knew it was going to be close between our JV boys and Albertville’s JV boys,” Coach Bashaw said. “Albertville had a plan. Their guys all ran together. Instead of us splitting them up, they spit us up and nudged us by 11 points.”
For Guntersville, Luke Pilotte was the overall JV winner, Taylor King 6th, Ben McCurdy 8th and Trevor Mason 10th.
Some of those runners very well could run varsity next season.
Coach Bashaw said they’re excited to get to run in cooler temperatures at sectionals.
“We’re young enough to not now any different of what our capability is and would could not only surprise ourselves but some other people,” Coach Bashaw said. “Anything can happen.”