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The Lady Lopes track and field program received a $2500 contribution from the Monsanto Company via local farmer Rodney Oden. Kneeling (l-r) are Post ISD Athletic Director Steve Smith, Rhett Brewster of Monsanto, gift recipient Rodney Oden and his wife Marcie and Head Track Coach Beau Riker. Most of the members of the girls high school team stand behind.

Local Farmer Donates $2500 to Track Program

Published April 11, 2012 @ 6:48 p.m.

The Post High School girl’s track and field team received a $2500 donation Wednesday morning at the school's library.

Rhett Brewster, of the Monsanto Company’s Lubbock office, made the presentation to Athletic Director Steve Smith, Head Track Coach Beau Riker and the Lady Lopes.

Brewster explained that local farming family Rodney and Marcie Oden entered a contest to win the money.  In return, the winners must designate a non-profit organization to receive the $2500 and they chose the girl's track and field team.

Riker told The Garza Post that the money will be used for "wind suits, sprint spikes, throwing shoes, triple jump shoes, high jump cross bars, and discus."

Brewster explained that the money is from the Monsanto Fund and that "the purpose of the program is to recognize the vital role that America's farmers play in helping to grow their communities by supporting local organizations that are important to them."  Sixty-thousand farmers participated in this year's contest and one winner per county was determined in 1245 counties across 39 states.

Freshman Lady Lope Kelby Oden is happy her parents chose to give the money to the track team because "it will give the opportunity to fix the high jump pit and the cracks in the track."  Junior distance runner Kimberly Rivera believes "the money will help the next generation" of track athletes.

The Odens won this contest once before and chose the local 4-H Club as the recipient of the money.

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