Cougars win invite against rival Arabians

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PENDLETON — It could be “edge,” “border,” “cusp” or even “threshold.”

No matter the precipice-evoking noun that comes to mind, the word reflects the blank spot that completes the sentence, “For the past year, the Greenfield-Central girls track and field program has been on the ___ of a breakthrough.”

How close?

* Close enough that the point differential standing between the Cougars and their first Hoosier Heritage Conference championship last spring was 1.5.

* Close  enough that two G-C sprinters, Savannah Girolami and Sammie McCoy, missed out on their first State Finals berths by a combined .2 seconds at the 2013 Shelbyville Regional.

* Close enough that in March, the blue and gold’s 1,600 relay finished 10th at the Indoor State Finals, .14 seconds away from a state medal.

Greenfield took a step toward breaking through Thursday night, outlasting the host Arabians at Pendleton Heights Invitational. The Cougars tallied 167 points, eight better than second place Pendleton. New Castle (83) was third.

“I think we’re moving in the right direction,” 12th-year G-C girls track coach Jan Hacker said. “Pendleton is a great team, so any time you compete well against them, that’s a good night. I’m just hoping that holds true for conference because I know they’re going to bring it. They’re well-coached and they’re strong.”

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