It has been 24 years since David Phillips ran Cross Country for Coach Don Womble and the Lodi High School Track and Field Team, but despite his long absence he is still a valuable member of the Lodi High Track Community.
On Wednesday, September 11th David, along with current Lodi High “Sprints and Relays” coach Anthony Rodriguez, will speak to the Lodi Sunrise Rotary Club about the Lodi High School Track and Field project and Don Womble Field.
David graduated from Lodi High School in 1981, then from UC Davis. In 1989 he returned to Lodi and joined his brother Michael Phillips (a Lodi Sunrise Rotarian), and father Don Phillips (also a long-time Rotarian) in running the family farming operation. Together they developed “Michael David Winery” and the many wine labels that are now being distributed in all 50 states, and 15 countries world-wide.
Coach Don Womble was a legendary and iconic coach to the many students that passed through Lodi High School from 1970 until his passing in 2010. Immediately after his passing, Lodi High Track Coach Anthony Rodriguez asked students and parents to ask the school district to name the new Track and Field after coach Womble.
The current dirt track is often the cause of turned ankles during physical education classes and track practices. Two and a half years ago, the Lodi High Track and Field Boosters Club decided to do something about it. The group worked to raise over $400,000 to fund improvements. Because of the booster’s efforts, Lodi Unified School District pledged an additional $522,000 out of their Capital Projects budget to turn the dream of a new track into reality.
The project will include installation of a 400-meter, 8-lane, all-weather track surface. In addition, the renovation will include the long jump, triple jump, pole vault and high jump areas – as well as installation of underground drainage and watering systems.
In addition to providing a safer environment for students and track athletes, the new surface will also provide an excellent Health and Fitness opportunity for Lodi residents who are welcome to use the track.
The public is invited to hear David Phillips and Coach Rodriguez discuss the project at the Lodi Sunrise Rotary Club meeting on Wednesday, September 11th at 7:00am. For an invitation to attend, please send an email to PR@LodiSunriseRotary.org. The Lodi Sunrise Rotary Club can be found on the web at: www.LodiSunriseRotary.org.