Huskies looking tough in early season track, field meets

Non scored meet including Oakridge, Canyonville Christian Academy, Lowell, Mohawk, Sweet Home, Pleasant Hill, Douglas, Yoncalla, Sutherlin


In the second meet of the season, the Huskies traveled to Pleasant Hill for a nine team meet. “We are still trying people in different events, trying to figure out where each person’s strengths are,” said Coach Billy Snow. “We are also nursing some injuries and soreness so we held back on a few individuals. Our guys showed a bit of depth and versatility, especially on the track, which will help us on down the road. Had we scored meet, the guys would have won by about 15 points over a good Oakridge squad.”

The Huskies placed in every event they entered. On the day, Sweet Home had 30 season bests or personal records (or PR’s) in 41 attempts. “Our goal is usually 50%, figuring if we can do that across the board, we are having a pretty good day,” Coach Snow said.

On the track, the Huskies recorded three firsts and two second place finishes. The 4 x 100M relay team of Mike Severns, Mauro Angulo, Jared Allen, and Ricky Stock won in a season PR of 46.63a, despite three blown handoffs where the out going runner had to slow each time.

Nik Walker had a tough day and showed that he could be a force to be reckoned with in the league in the sprints. Walker won the 400M in 53.39a in his first try at that distance and then returned later to win the 200M in a season PR of 24.19a.

John Lovik lead the whole 3000M race until the last lap when a runner who had been drafting him the whole way took off. Lovik came through in a PR time of 9.43.26a.

That time puts him #9 on the SHHS sophomore list. The other second came by the 1600M relay team of Mauro Angulo, Casey Baarson, Ryan Garrett, and Nik Walker, getting nipped by Oakridge. The Husky time of 3.43.36a is a great early season time and was probably the biggest surprise of the day on the track. Mauro ran a good lead off leg and Casey and Ryan both followed with aggressive legs, according to Coach Snow. Nik Walker anchored the group but could not quite catch the Oakridge anchor.

Chris Burford recorded a PR 4.42.30a in the 1500M for an 8th place finish in a tough run. He came back to run a 60.1 relay leg on the JV 1600M relay team.

In the 100M, Ricky Stock (11.7) and Mike Severns (12.35a) both recorded season bests to place 3rd and 7th respectively. Severn’s time moves him to #10 on the SHHS sophomore list. Joining Walker in the 400M scoring was Ryan Garrett (56.84a for 5th) and Mauro Angulo (56.12a for 3rd). Garrett’s time puts him #9 on the SHHS frosh list for the 400M.

In the 110M high hurdle race, Skyler Brown and Jeremy Fisher both placed. Skyler went 19.81a for a lifetime PR and 5th place and Fisher was right behind in 19.84a for 6th place. Fisher’s time puts him #7 on the SHHS frosh list for this event.

In the 300M hurdles, Jared Allen took 3rd despite leading and then falling with a hurdle left. Fisher placed in his second hurdle race, running 48.94a for 6th place.

Joining Walker in the 200M placings were Mauro Angulo and Ricky Stock. Ricky ran 24.60a in his first attempt at this race, good enough for 4th place and Mauro ran a PR 25.01a for 5th place.

Other PR’s recorded on the track included Aaron Lovik in the 1500M and 3000M, Jonathan Anderegg in the 100M and 200M, Wayne Martinez in the 200M, and the JV 4 x 100M relay team of Casey Baarson, Brett Badgett, Jeremy Fisher, and Kellen Peterson.

In the field Sweet Home recorded one win along with two second place finishes.

“In a surprise to all of us, Keegan Burnett won the vault at 11-06,” Coach Snow said. “Keegan has been sick and hadn’t even been over a bar yet this year and all of a sudden, everything started to click for him.”

Matt Slauson had a good day in the field going second in the discus (131-06) and the shot put (41-10), both marks good for second place. Both marks put Matt on the sophomore list for SHHS, #9 on the shot put and #5 on the discus. “Neither are a surprise to us since he has been doing that in practice,” Coach Snow said.

Other placers in the field included a trio of thirds. Robert McGarry went 11-00 in the pole vault for third, Nik Walker finished off a tough day by going third in the long jump at 19-05.5, and Jared Allen had a lifetime PR of 5-08 in the high jump for 3rd.

Our other field event placer was Brad Seiber in the discus with a lifetime PR of 115-06.

Other season PR’s recorded in the field were by Kellen Peterson (high jump), Brad Seiber (discus and javelin), Robert Rice (discus and javelin), and Aaron Badgett and Brett Badgett, both in the javelin.


Despite missing some kids due to spring break, the Husky girls showed a lot of spunk and competitiveness, Coach Snow said.

Had we scored the meet, we would have finished in a dead heat with Sutherlin with Pleasant Hill just behind. Just like the guys, the girls scored 75% in the PR department, going 30 for 40 on the day. The vast majority of those came in the throws where a strong working crew is steadily improving.

The girls’ throws were extremely competitive and tough in this meet. Nicole Burnside placed in all three events, getting three thirds in the process.

In the javelin, she threw 103-08 which is a season PR for her. Rachel Gaskey, nursing an ankle injury, saw her first action of the year. Her shot put of 31-11.5 was a lifetime PR and good for 4th place and her 92-07 in the javelin placed her 5th in that event. Newcomer Krystle Streight had a PR 28-10 in the shot put to place 6th overall in that event.

In the jumps, Nicki Emmert stepped up to fill a hole in the triple jump and ended up 2nd at 27-02.5. good for #7 on the SHHS frosh list. Michelle Fields cleared her first height in the pole vault, going 5-06 for 6th place overall. Kari McGuyre upped her PR in the high jump to 4-08 for a 5th place finish to close out scoring in the jumps.

On the track, the foursome of Kari McGuyre, Nicki Emmert, Becky Wilson and Stephanie Kragness ran fourth despite some less than perfect handoffs. Kari went on to run two other races. In the 400M, Kari ran a season PR to win in 67.81a. She came back half an hour later to run 5th in the 200M at 30.68a.

Anne Helfrich and Megan Snow continue to anchor the two longer distance races. Snow ran a season PR in the 3000m to place 3rd at 13:35.86a and Helfrich ran her PR in the 1500M, a 5:48.92a for 4th place. Chika Susuki was 8th in the 1500M at 6:14.40a. In the 100M, Stephanie Kragness ran a season PR of 14:54a to place 8th overall.

Elissa McCartin and Alisha Basham continue to run well. They moved down in distance to the 400M. McCartin ran 70.32a for 2nd place and Basham ran 5th in 75.89a. Both girls teamed with Becky Wilson and Kari McGuyre to place 3rd in the 1600M relay with a time of 5:00.17a, a PR from the previous week.

Also placing was exchange student Miyuki Sukigara who was 6th in the 400M.

Other season PR’s which did not score were recorded by Becky Wilson (100M) along with a host of throwers. Danielle Rice (shot put and javelin), Amber Larsen (javelin), Christine Smith (shot, discus, and javelin), Laura Munoz (shot and javelin), Michelle Fields (discus and javelin), Shaina Burnett (discus), Kim Lovik (discus and javelin), Krystle Streight (javelin), Nicki Emmert (javelin), Hannah Ross (javelin), and Diane Kenelly (javelin) all recorded PRís.

The Huskies are off for spring break except for the Mid Valley Throwers meet which Sweet Home will host at Husky Field on Saturday, March 30.

It is a meet started three years ago by Rob Kassebaum that brings together all returning state placers from all four levels from the previous season. Additionally, schools can enter any individuals or teams of three that they want.

“We are expecting somewhere from 15-20 schools and will have two rings going for the shot and discus along with two runways for the javelin,” Coach Snow said. ” The events start at 10 a.m. and if anyone wants to help, they can contact me or Rob Kassebaum.”