The North Putnam Middle School boys' track team opened its season with a 56-53 loss to Greencastle recently.
The meet came down to the final relay. Head coach Tony Gray noted the Cougars won eight of 13 events, but couldn't overcome the depth of the Greencastle squad.
He also said he was pleased with the effort of his team.
"We competed well, but only have about half as many kids as our opponents, so we may struggle scoring in dual meets," he said. "But once we get to the bigger meets, we will be just fine."
Nick Bishop won the 100 dash, 200 dash and was part of the winning 400-meter relay. Brandon Hall captured the high jump, long jump and was part of the winning 400 meter relay team.
Jenson Conlin won the discus and shot put, while Tucker Lowe won the 110-meter hurdles and was part of the 400-meter relay team along with Trevor Mason.
The Cougars will travel to Cascade Thursday.