The Greenfield-Central boys track team opened its 2014 outdoor campaign with a tri-meet victory over Mt. Vernon and host Frankton Tuesday evening.
The Cougars tallied 78 points, ahead of Mt. Vernon (74.5) and Frankton (2.5).
Austin Felts won all four events he entered for G-C, notching three individual event wins in the 110 hurdles, 300 hurdles and high jump, plus leading off the victorious 1,600 relay.
Jason LaFord (800), Austyn Tift (200) and Zach Phillips (discus) also had individual wins for the Cougars.
LaFord, Eric Kelly and Scott Prewitt were the final three legs of the 1,600 relay, while LaFord, Zach Bishop, Kelly and Prewitt claimed first in the 3,200.
For Mt. Vernon, Christian Noble led the way with two individual wins, taking the 1,600 and 3,200.
Wyatt Gutierrez (shot put), Brayton Shannon (long jump), Caleb White (100) and Jordan House (400) also scored individual event triumphs for the Marauders.
The 400 relay of Shannon, Brendan Bradfield, Donovan Bigelow and White also crossed the finish line first.
“Basically, we got shut out of our traditionally best events – the 3,200 relay and the 800. You can’t expect to ever win or score in those races with 2:20-plus splits,” MV boys coach Bruce Kendall said. “The rest of the meet was basically a tit for tat.
“Those who worked over vacation had season bests; those who did a little flat-lined; and those who did nothing went backwards.”
Greenfield girls down Mt. Vernon, Frankton
The Greenfield-Central girls also began their outdoor season on a winning note Tuesday, scoring 71 points to outlast Mt. Vernon (49) and Frankton (35).
Madison Wise notched two event wins for G-C, claiming the 100 and 300 hurdles.
Sammie McCoy (100), Megan Warren (shot put), Dana Woodworth (discus) and Regan Lewis (high jump) also won.
“The G-C ladies had a fantastic night,” G-C girls coach Jan Hacker said.
Olivia Coleman was first in the 200, 400 and long jump for Mt. Vernon, and ran the first leg on the victorious 1,600 relay.
Other members of the 1,600 relay were Sam Sanders, Phylisia Donaldson and Aubri Benbow. The 400 relay of Javin Whiteside, Donaldson, Benbow and Taylor Riggs also prevailed.
“The girls had a great meet against a strong Greenfield team,” MV coach Tim Leonard said. “Coach Hacker has talent and depth on her team.”