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Sweet Home Junior High Track and Field


June 28, 2016

Sweet Home Junior High track and field athletes include, in front, from left, Rebekah Fassler, Haley Nicholson, Hailey Green, Jorel Leyba, Brenna Boyd, Tayler Clair, Aiden Shamek, Oscar Ortiz, Cicily Neuschwander and Shelby Goodwin. In second row, from left, are Jessi Hart, Dakota Adams, Danae Pennington, Jaren Adams, McKenzie Wolfe, Isaac Dunn, Nathaniel Coleman, Dakota Pennington, Natalie Rogers, Alice Ramsey, Summer Hicks and Jasper Korn. In rear, from left, are Coach Diann Ramussen, Casey Tow, Kay Molina, Gavin Walberg, Bryce Porter, Tristan Saultz, Lauren Tabor, Taylor Moore, Lexi Schilling, Zoe James, Zachary Zanona, Hunter Coulter and Coach John Mithen. Not pictured are Andrew Baham, Megan Baham, Rebekah Belcher, Mercedes Burks, Paige Chafin, Katen Edwards, Megan Hager, Nicholas James, Joe MaQatish, Karrah Lewis, Hailey Mitten, and Isaac Schaffer. Coach Diann Rasmussen said the Tigers were inexperienced, with “a handful of veterans,” but “they were a pretty good group of kids.” One big plus, this season, she said, was an influx of eight sixth-graders, which she said was due to the Boys & Girls Track Club program. “That’s more sixth-graders than I’ve ever had,” she said. A number of girls turned in top performances.

Eighth-grader Katen Edwards finished with a season’s best of 102-5 in the turbo javelin. Eighth-grader Megan Hager and seventh-grader Rebekah Belcher were top performers in the girls discus, Hager throwing 93-0½ and Belcher 85-4, the top two marks since 2009 at the school. Belcher also posted the second-best shot put mark in that period, 32-10. In the distances, Brenna Boyd ran the 3000 in 12:57.03, the best time for any middle-school girl in that distance since 2009. Eighth-grader Alice Ramsey posted the top 200 time during that period, 29.04, and Zoe James, also an eighth-grader, ran the 400 in 63.98, second-fastest since 2009. Eighth-grader Casey Tow, above right, was an all-around standout for the boys, posting top times and marks for the team in the 400 (57.54), 1500 (5:03.00), 3000 (10:55.24), 100 hurdles (15.54), high jump (5-6), long jump (16-5¼) and the turbo javelin (191-11). The latter was a new event for the Mid Valley League this year, but Tow ranked second in the state in the event at the end of the season and finished as the runner-up in the javelin at the Meet of Champions in late May, which drew many of the top middle school track and field athletes from around the state.


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