FORTVILLE — The last time the Shelbyville boys track and field team won a conference championship, James Dean was rising to Hollywood immortality through the films “East of Eden” and “Rebel Without a Cause,” Ray Kroc started McDonald’s and both Bill Gates and Steve Jobs were mere newborns.
That was 1955.
Thursday, the Golden Bears ended their 59-year title drought in fine fashion, tallying 12 top-three finishes and five event victories to bring home their first-ever Hoosier Heritage Conference Championship.
In claiming its first conference crown since winning the 1955 South Central Conference title, Shelbyville registered 133.5 points, ahead of runner-up Greenfield-Central (115) and host Mt. Vernon (104).
New Palestine (90), Pendleton Heights (87), Yorktown (33.5), New Castle (34) and Delta (25) were fourth through eighth.