Alumnus donates $10,000 to track team

By Andrea Camarena

In January, Exeter Union alumni Tom Easley handed over a $5,000 check written to "EUHS Track Team."The check is part of a $10,000 donation meant to help purchase new track equipment to accompany Exeter's new nine-lane, all-weather track in Monarch Stadium.

Easly called Exeter track coach Darin Lasky in December after hearing that the track was built but the high school was still void of the equipment needed to host track events.

"Make a wish list and I'll tell you when it hurts," Easly told Lasky. Easly, a former track star himself, now runs a semi-conductor company in San Jose, Calif.

The donation was allocated for the purchase of a pole vault pit, hurdles and a discus cage.

Last month Exeter purchased a used top of the line collapsable pole vault pit at a discounted price of $5,000.

Next on the shopping list is the discus cage.

The proposed cost of the hurdles is $8,000 and a discus cage is $2,000. Various other costs and maintenance is expected to run an additional $2,000-3,000.

Purchase of hurdles and additional items is currently being put on hold until alternative funding arrives in addition to the recent donation by Easly.

"They were fast without the track," said Lasky who is eager to see how his team performs with the convenience of home equipment and meets.

In past years, the team practiced at Dobson Field and hosted their meets at alternative locations including Farmersville High School.

This year the 60-80 person Monarch team is scheduled to host 5-7 meets including the Division II championships.

The first home meet is slated for March 3 against Redwood.

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