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Coaches: SHJH track team sees big efforts, improvements during season


June 20, 2018

Sweet Home Junior High track team members include, in front, from left, Ian Buczko, Grace Parker, Enara Roddy, Paige Chafin, David Steagall, Wyatt Dugger, Lydia Wright, Madeline Caotes, Rylie Hooley, Aiyana Grimes, Dominic Rodriguez and Meeja Bitter. In the second row, from left, are Dana Looney, Eli Olson, Jacob ingram, Kaden Zajic, Mercedes Burks, Brooke Dodge, Dylan Spence, Bailey Womack, Alex Springer and Madison Harris. In the third row, from left, are Emily Pace, Dakota Seiber-Moore, Ryan Tyndall, Sam Martineau, Chris Christman, Joseph Hiemenz, Jorel Leyba, Megan Baham, Aiden Shamek and Riley Korn. In the rear, from left, are Coach Justin Carpenter, Coach Don Knight, Caleb Christman, Dacotah Pennington, Nathaniel Coleman, Victor Meza-Rojas, Alex Miller, Adaira Burger, Claire James, Charles Crawford, Tyler Lemmer and Coach John Mithen. Not pictured are Wyatt Aiello, Brian Frick, Levi Gaskey, Isabel Sayer and Coach Kelsey Harris.

Sweet Home Junior High's track team finished the year with three qualifiers for the Meet of Champions – with one competing, but coaches say it was the steady improvement of all their 50-some athletes who turned out that was most exciting.

Despite some cold weather early on, including at the Tigers sole home meet on April 11, "we had a great group of hard-working kids," said Coach Don Knight.

Coach John Mithen said "pretty much every competitors at each meet improved by leaps and bounds." He said team numbers hovered between 40 and 50 for most of the season.

Knight said the Tigers were...

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