Track program comes with a high price tag

No team roster at Navarre is bigger than the one the track and field team has at the school.

There are close to 200 athletes on the team.

It’s also one of the more expensive sports to run.

In fact, without a couple of generous donations from local businesses, the Raiders would have had hard time getting their season off and running.

“We had a couple (Samurai and Blue Air Training) that went above and beyond with really generous donations,” Navarre head track coach Tony Carter said. “They were the reason we were able to start our season. They jump started it for us.”

With everything from the cost to enter an invitational to making sure athletes have something to eat while at the meets, the expenses add up quickly.

Not to mention travel expenses, repairing old and purchasing new equipment, buying uniforms and hosting meets.

Then there are the more major expenses, such as generating sponsorship money that can be used to rubberize the jumping and pole-vaulting runways, purchasing new poles for the pole vault as well as buying javelin equipment now that it’s an event at high school track meets. The team also wants to get a new pole vault pit, but that comes with a price tag of $20,000.

You can read the full article in the Feb. 28 issue of Navarre Press. Copies available in our office. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as $38 per year.

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