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News 2 viewers help Antioch track team raise funds for competition

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

An area high school is getting the opportunity to compete in an elite track competition in Pennsylvania due in part to the generosity of News 2 viewers.

The girl's track team of Antioch High School was thrilled to learn they had been invited to the Penn Relays, however were unsure how they were going to raise $6,000 for airfare, hotel rooms and other expenses.

"We were very short," explained girls track coach, Jerome Dooley.

Nashville's News 2 reported on the girl's opportunity and need on Wednesday and viewers stepped up to help in a big way.

"News 2 ran the story and about 18 hours later we were good. We were ready to go. I just truly thank Nashville and thank the community because it really, really helped us," Dooley said.

"I didn't expect to catch a plane to our next track meet," laughed Co-captain Shaina Johnson.

The local team has never competed out of the state and they admit they were a little skeptical of being able to raise the money.
 
"It shocked us all," said Johnson.

"I suggested doing a car wash but that obviously didn't work out," added Co-captain Grace Brown. "This worked out much better. So thank you so much to everyone."

Coach Dooley had set up an account through GoFundMe.com and viewers immediately started making donations.

"I kept checking the donation Web site and it was jumping every hour. I was like wow. My dad was texting me and I was like, man it is getting up and up" said Dooley.

One anonymous donor even dropped off a check for $5,000 to the school's front office.

"I just want to say thank you for making this come true," said Johnson.

Brown added, "Thank you so much to everybody that helped because we would have never been able to do this without you."

Thanks to the generosity of the community, the Antioch Lady Bears said they have been inspired to take their training up a notch.

"We are going to continue to work hard so we can be in the best, best, best shape ever," Co-captain Rylee Thompson promised.  

The Penn Relays have been held since 1895 at the University of Pennsylvania.

The competition is for high school, collegiate and professional athletes and is schedule April 25-27.

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