Track and Field Roundup

Junction City track and field results

April 6, 2002

Saturday, the Sweet Home High School track team participated in the 11th Junction City Invitational.

The meet is a unique format that involves every entrant that competes placing and helping to earn points for the team. The field is limited to eight teams and three entrants per team in each event. In the relays, each school is allowed one team.

First place is worth 24 points, second place 23 points, third place 22 points, etc. all the way to 24th place worth one point. Thus, every participant contributes to the overall team score, unlike most meets where only the top 3-5 competitors score.

“This was our first time attending this meet and although we took a sizable squad, we still had a lot of open slots, especially on the track,” Coach Billy Snow said. ” Had we been able to fill all three of our spots, we certainly would have moved up the standings. Still, we had a great day, competed well, and came out healthy and with some impressive PR’s (personal records).


The boys were fourth overall, finishing just in front of Elmira and behind Junction City, Stayton, and Newport. “We were missing a couple of guys and had 13 spots where we did not enter a person,” Coach Snow said. “Had we been at full strength, we probably would have pushed second place but probably not caught JC. The guys did beat Philomath easily and we just barely lost to them on Thursday night in a three way meet so we feel real good about the effort.”

On the track, led by the distance crew, Sweet Home had 14 PR’s in 22 attempts which is really a great sign that we were competing well, Coach Snow said.

Jon Lovik, Chris Burford, and Aaron Lovik were each 2 for 2 in the PR department. John and Aaron both had season PR’s in the 1500M and 3000M respectively. John’s time of 9.42.8 in the 3000M puts him #9 on the sophomore list for Sweet Home.

John was 4th in the 1500M and 3rd in the 3000M with Aaron 19th and 14th in the same 2 races. Chris ran an 800M/1500M double going 2:17.1/8th and 4:37.8/13th respectively. Freshman Ryan Garret continues to run well with kids with a lot more experience, going 2.13.7 in the 800M for 5th place overall.

In the hurdles, frosh Jeremy Fisher continues to improve and rack up points and PR’s. In the highs, he ran a near season best of 19.2 for 10th place and came back to run a PR 47.6 in the intermediate hurdles for 8th place. Jermey’s time puts him as the #8 frosh in Sweet Home history.

The short relay team of Mike Severns, Mauro Angulo, Jared Allen, and Ricky Stock ran a near season best of 46.3 to place 3rd overall.

In the short sprints, Ricky Stock placed 4th in the 100M (12.0) with Mike Severns 11th (12.4) in the same race. In the 200M, Nik Walker posted a near season PR 24.2 for 3rd overall with Casey Baarson 13th in a season best 25.3 Both guys can ran the 400M also, and garnered PR’s. Casey was 10th in a PR 56.3 and Nik ran 51.9 for 2nd. Nik’s time puts him #9 on the all time Sweet Home list for this event. Mauro Angulo also ran the 400M, going 54.5 for 6th place and a lifetime PR.

In the final running event, Casey Baarson, Mauro Angulo, Jared Allen, and Nik Walker ran a season PR 3:41.7 for 4th place overall.

In the throws, our crew had a tough time getting PR’s but still competed well with every entrant finishing in the top half of the competition. Matt Slauson was 4th in the shot put, followed by Brad Seiber in 11th, and Rob Martin in 13th. In the discus, Matt moved to 2nd, Brad to 6th and Robert Rice joined the parade at 11th place overall. Mike Severns, in his first year of throwing, continued to be competitive, going 6th at 129-11. Brett Badgett PRed at 123-04 for 10th and Brad Seiber was 12th at 119-04.

In the long jump, Nik Walker finished a long day by leaping 19-02.5 for 3rd place. Ricky Stock was just behind at 17-11.25 for 8th and Mike Severns battled some sore legs and back for 13th. Brett Badgett took 15th in the triple jump in his second attempt at that event. Jared Allen was 13th in the high jump at 5-06.

Finally, in the pole vault, we got our only win of the day in some great competition. Robert McGarry added a foot to his PR by going 13-00 for first place. Robert had no misses until everyone else was out of the comp. Keegan Burnett was just behind, going 12-00 for 3rd place. Keegan had a big vault by making 12-00 on his first attempt while others had to take 2-3 attempts to negotiate the height.


The girls were a little short-handed, missing some teammates. Despite that, the 12 Husky girls racked up 15 PR’s in 28 attempts. “They had a great day but just not enough bodies to go after the teams in front of them,” Coach Billy Snow said. “They finished 7th overall, about 100 points behind Elmira.”

Not to be outdone, the girls distance crew were 100% in the PR department also. Megan Snow and Anne Helfrich both were double PR winners in the 1500M and the 3000M. Anne was 8th in the 1500M (5.33.9) and 5th in the 3000M (12.29.6). Megan went 14th / 6:04.9 and 8th / 13:12.8 in the same races. Freshman Alisha Basham continued her great running, going 12th in the 800M in 2:55.8

Becky Wilson and Stephanie Kragness represented Sweet Home in the 100M and 200M. Becky went 9th and 14th in these two races with Stephanie at 16th and 19th in the same races.

In the hurdles, Lisa Brocard ran a season PR 19.0 for 7th place overall. Kim Lovik ran a PR 64.4 in her second attempt at the 300M hurdles for 14th overall. Ashley Smith joined Lisa, Becky and Stephanie in the short relay to run 7th overall. The girls were off their PR but had some trouble with their handoffs.

Lisa and Ashley had a great day in the horizontal jumps. Ashley had a season PR 14-11.25 in the long jump for 7th and Lisa was 9th despite some trouble with her mark on the board. In the triple jump, both girls had a great event, recording season PRís and a 3-4 finish. Ashley went 32-04.75 and Lisa was right behind at 32-01. Both marks make them #3 and 4 on the sophomore triple jump list for Sweet Home. Ashley finished off a busy day with a lifetime PR 4-08 in the high jump for 2nd overall.

In the throwing events, Rachel Gaskey and Nicole Burnside led the way with placing. Nicole was 3rd in the shot put with a season best 34-04. Her mark puts her #9 on the senior list. Rachel was just behind at 33-09 and Christine Smith had a PR at 28-08 for 10th overall. In the discus, Nicole was 3rd at 95-09 with Rachel at 12th and Shaina Burnett 14th. Finally in the javelin, Nicole threw 96-01 for 6th with Rachel at 83-04 for 8th place. Christine Smith was 15th at 73-11.