Relays key to Greenfield boys' dominance


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Saturday, 11 a.m.

(prelims were Thursday)

at New Palestine

2013 boys results:

1. Greenfield-Central 450.5

2. Mt. Vernon 306.5

3. Pendleton Heights 305

4. Yorktown 295

5. Delta 287

6. Shelbyville 221

7. New Palestine 162

8. Rushville 22*

2013 girls results:

1. Yorktown 393

2. Mt. Vernon 353

3. Pendleton Heights 330

4. New Palestine 319

5. Delta 244

6. Greenfield-Central 232

7. Shelbyville 126

8. Rushville 74*

*No longer in HHC;

replaced by New Castle

***

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Relays key to G-C boys’ dominance

In losing Bailey Willoughby, Josh Cummins and Patrick Stutz, the Cougars are without four individual wins from last season’s Hoosier Heritage Conference Meet. And going into Saturday’s competition, Greenfield-Central has a top two seed in just one of those vacated event wins.

Cause for concern? Not exactly. G-C is still the heavy favorite to claim its fourth straight conference meet crown. The Cougars have prevailed in the past three HHC gatherings by 54.5, 186 and 144 points. In the first win to begin its HHC rein in 2011, Greenfield-Central won just a single race. The next year, the Cougars won seven events and finished in the top three of all but one race, so they’ve proven they can win with different approaches.

Coach Mark Logan’s crew is especially proficient in the relays — the blue-and-gold haven’t lost a relay at the conference meet since 2011 and have won five of six relay races at the past two sectional meets. G-C has reloaded again this year, as all three of its relays are state-ranked and seeded first headed into Saturday.

Emphasizing the relays is something any swim coach does — placing in the top eight is worth twice as many points as finishing in the top eight of an individual event at the HHC Meet — but Logan is afforded certain luxuries when constructing his relay lineups.

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