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May 4, 2014

Breedlove wins Cross Award at Kokomo Relays

Kokomo's Breedlove wins Walter Cross Award at Kokomo Relays

The last six days have been some of the most exciting of Jeremy Breedlove’s life.

After signing to continue his track and cross country careers at IUPUI on Tuesday, he entered Saturday’s 90th Kokomo Relays with his sights set on winning the Walter Cross Award, given to the meet’s most outstanding boy and girl athletes.

Breedlove capped the week with a bookend of excitement, having a hand in a pair of Wildkat victories on his way to capturing the award named for the man who helped create the relays in 1925, an event which has become the oldest continuous high school track meet in the United States.

“It’s definitely been a great week,” Breedlove said. “Being a senior, this is a great way to go out. There were definitely a lot of great athletes here from Crown Point, so this is a huge honor to win it like [teammate] Adrian [Glover] did his senior year [2010].”

Breedlove ran the anchor 1,600-meter leg of the medley relay for the Wildkats, taking the baton in third place with a 13-second deficit before blowing away the field, giving Kokomo an 11-second win over the crew from Crown Point after completing a 4:23 split.

He returned later to win the 3,200 run in 9:58.12, nearly 15 seconds ahead of runner-up Matt Grider of Western.

“He’s very deserving,” Kokomo coach Tom Byrnes said of Breedlove. “The young man has worked so hard and bought into the training philosophy of coach [Ricke] Stucker for four years, and it’s just a great way to wrap up his career. We’re very proud of him.”

Crown Point’s boys won their third straight team title despite competing without a full roster. The Bulldogs won five events to take top honors with 118 points.

“We had some kids who weren’t able to be here [Saturday], so we knew we were in no means a lock to win,” CP coach Keith Iddings said. “We needed some kids to step up and fill in those holes, and they really did. I was very impressed to see them just not get down on themselves because some of their stars weren’t here, and come through anyway.”

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