By Andrea Camarena

On a sunny Thursday afternoon, the sand was raked, spikes scraped the concrete and starter guns fired as Exeter unveiled its brand new track facility in a six-team meet.

It was everything Exeter was expecting when the city installed its all-weather track in Monarch Stadium last spring.

The Monarchs welcomed Farmersville, Redwood, Monache, Porterville and Granite Hills to the Premiere Exeter Track & Field meet.

Team scores were not kept and the schools spread their talent.

The Exeter girls came up big in the 400 and 800 meter races as well as the 1600 meter relay.

"We ran well," said head coach Darin Lasky. "We had some stand out performances last night. Allison Gonzalez ran well. The girls mile really did well."

Exeter's Shea Cosart finished first in the 400 meter race with a time of 1:06.9 while her teammates Kelly Curtis (1:07.01), Elizabeth Unger (1:08.27), Jennifer Landers (1:10.18) and Alyssa Stone (1:10.91) took second, fourth, fifth and seventh in the event.

The Monarch girls 1600 meter relay team of Abby Cochran, Kelly Curtis, Rachael Mitchell and Allison Gonzalez beat out Redwood by just over a second with 4:29.81.

Exeter also claimed the first three spots in the 800 meter race. Freshman Gonzales snagged first place by finishing her two laps in 2:32.32 and just behind her came junior and senior teammates Mitchell and Curtis with times of 2:40.35 and 2:43.54.

The team matched times that they reached at the end of last season. "It's because we have a place to train," Lasky said of his team's overwhelming improvement.

In the long jump event, Mitchell placed third behind Porterville and Redwood with a distance of 4 feet and six inches.

Exeter's Jamae Ferreira made the Monarchs present in the weightsmen events taking third in both the Girls discus and shotput events.

The boys shotput event also saw plenty of Monarch success. Exeter took both first and fourth. Jeff Munsch claimed first place with a best throw of 43 feet and 10 1/4 inches. Joey Keoviley followed in fourth place with a distance of 41 feet and six inches.

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