Golden Bears win 1st track title since 1955

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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.

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