New McClatchy Track Named After Track Coaching Icons

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The following article has been provided to Sacramento City Unified School District courtesy of “Restore the Roar” at McClatchy High School.

Restore the Roar held a ceremony to name the new all-weather track at McClatchy High School as the Jack Mauger and Al Baeta Track & Training Complex. The event was held on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 10:00 AM in the McClatchy Gymnasium.

In November 2017, the Sacramento City Unified School District completed the installation of an all-weather track facility at McClatchy. This new facility includes an eight lane track, long-jump and triple jump pits, shot put and discus areas, high jump and pole vault areas and an all-weather soccer/football field. This new facility meets all current standards and will allow McClatchy students to practice and compete in adverse weather and to host CIF sanctioned track meets.

In February, 2018, the SCUSD Board of Trustees approved the naming of the facility as the Jack Mauger and Al Baeta Track & Training Complex after two members of the C. K. McClatchy Athletic Hall of Fame. Jack Mauger (deceased) was the first track coach of McClatchy High school from 1937 to 1952. During that time his teams won seven section track titles while he trained and mentored hundreds of student-athletes. He also coached “C” football at the school. Jack moved on to coach at Sacramento City College with similar success. He later became Dean

of Students at SCC and the Dean of Administration at the new Cosumnes River College. Jack was an internationally recognized pole-vaulter prior to coming to McClatchy and held the pole vault height world record for left handed pole-vaulters for 26 years. Jack is also recognized as the driving force in bringing top-level track meets and competition to Sacramento. Mauger’s daughters attended the ceremony.

Al Baeta, who was at the naming event, was a student of Jack Mauger’s at McClatchy competing as a distance runner for the Lions and graduating in 1951. He went on to run at SCC and the University of California, Berkeley under the legendary Brutus Hamilton. After a serving in the Navy, Al returned to Sacramento and started his coaching career at Mira Loma High School and moving on to American River College as the Track and Cross Country Coach. At ARC he coached cross country teams to 23 conference championships and seven Northern California Championships. His cross country teams qualified for the state championships 22 years in a row. As the track coach, his teams won five conference championships and a third place finish in the 1970 state meet. Al also served as an assistant coach on the US Olympic Track teams in 1992 and 1996, as well as managing and coaching other USA international teams. Al worked with his mentor, Jack Mauger, to bring top-level track meets to Sacramento.

These two men brought the 1968 AAU Championship, the 1984 & 1988 Sacramento International games and set Sacramento up as a top flight Track Town. Dan Cole, friend of Mauger and Baeta, was the Master of Ceremonies. SCUSD Superintendent Jorge Aguilar and Trustee Jay Hansen also attended this event. The oldest living McClatchy athlete, Lou Montfort and well-known Northern California Track Coach, Bob Rush, spoke on behalf of Jack Mauger and Al Baeta, respectively.

Restore the Roar is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting and promoting McClatchy Athletics and its successful student athletes.