Friday Night Lights
At Franklin Central High, Indiana's top Milers get a taste of what football feels like.
By Sarah Lorge Butler, Running Times
The music blares, cymbals crash courtesy of a pep band, and fans crowd the field, forming a narrow tunnel for the athletes to pass through as they jog into view. One by one, the PA announcer calls their names. It's Friday night, under the lights, and the feeling in the football stadium is electric. Except there's no pigskin in sight. The crowd comes for track.
The meet is the Franklin Central Showcase in Indianapolis, a Hoosier tradition every April that's now in its seventh year. For one night only, the finest runners in the state get to feel the adulation normally bestowed on, well, football players. The evening culminates in a Miracle Mile for girls and boys.
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