By Scott Swanson
Of The New Era 

Track team short on depth, but coach optimistic about grit


March 14, 2017

SPRINTERS AND JUMPERS on this year’s track team include, in front, from left, Gracie Olson, Shelby Goodwin, Bethany Gingerich, Alice Ramsey, Jinny Chawengchote and Madelyn Neuschwander. In rear, from left, are Cameron Taber, Nick Rietz, Trey Reed, Nathan Hager, Lance Hanson, Hayden Nichol, Justin Carpenter and Chase Blanco.

The roster is thin but new Sweet Home Head Coach Dakotah Keys says his team has heart, which goes a long way in the sport of track and field.

As of last Friday the Huskies had 54 athletes on the roster, a third of them girls, and some were still iffy.

It’s a work in progress, said Keys, one of the best athletes ever to wear the green and gold uniform, who led Sweet Home’s boys to three straight state championships and went on to place third twice in the NCAA Division I decathlon nationals at the University of Oregon.

The Huskies are coming off a fifth-place district finish by the bo...

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