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Jesup raising money for all-weather running track


After an impressive showing at the state track meet, one eastern Iowa school district is looking to update its athletic facilities.

Last week the Jesup girl's track team finished seventh in the state meet, with one state champion and two state runners-up. One member of the boys track team also qualified for the state meet. That's a huge accomplishment in itself, but they did it all while practicing on their school's dirt track.

During the past couple of years the Jesup Community School District has been fixing up a number of their facilities by remodeling the school and building new baseball and softball fields. Now they want to focus on the track and field.

It's been since 1997 that Jesup has been able to host a track meet in Jesup.

"This spring has been especially poor as far as the weather helping us out so we had to be creative in finding different ways to work out," said Athletic Director, and Head Girl's Track Coach, Lisa Loecher.

Now a group of community members have gotten together, working to raise $800,000 to put in a state-of-the-art all-weather track. The new track will have a hard surface, better drainage, and new field event areas.

"Everybody in this community feels a little bit of a responsibility to do what they can do to ensure the long-term success of their students and student athletes," said Co-Chair of Get Back On The Track Fast Committee, Luke Baldwin.

Those in Jesup say the track will make the community more appealing and healthy.

"This is really the last piece of the puzzle and it really puts us on the map as far as a very nice school system to get your kids involved in," said Baldwin.

"Extremely excited and hopefully we'll get that finished up in our three year place and like I said it would just be great," said Loecher.

Right now, Jesup has to rent Independence's track to host home meets.

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