Mile News to Sponsor High School All Star Races at Festival of Miles

March 19, 2012

Athletes from across the Midwest expected to compete

ST. LOUIS - (March 19, 2012) – Big River Running Company is excited to welcome as a new sponsor to the fifth annual Big River Festival of Miles presented by Under Armour., the unparalleled leader in high school cross country and track and field coverage in the State of Missouri, will be the presenting sponsor for the boy’s and girl’s High School All Star Races at the Festival of Miles on Thursday evening May 31 at Saint Louis University High School. The high school races were new to the event in 2011 and produced two of the most exciting moments of the night with Westminster Christian’s Daniel Everett winning the boys race in four minutes, seven seconds and Nerinx Hall’s Colleen Quigley running 4:52 to take home the girl’s title. webmaster Paul Everett said he cannot wait for this year’s event.

"As the region’s premier provider of high school running, Missouri MileSplit is thrilled to sponsor the High School All-Star Miles,” Everett said. “The Festival of Miles has generated tremendous enthusiasm and support in the past and we look forward to attracting a deep field of elite high school milers to compete at this year’s event."

In an effort to attract the those top competitors the Festival of Miles meet organizers will be sending out official invites to athletes across the region who have met the qualifying standards for the races. Boys have to run under 4:20 for 1600 meters and girls must run under 5:10. The top 12 times entered will be accepted into the event. will also feature a Festival of Miles Watch List all season long on its site, providing updates as to who the top contenders might be.

The state of Missouri features some of the best runners in the Midwest including Rock Bridge senior Caleb Wilfong who has run 4:12 for 1600 meters and Drew Cargill from West Plains who has gone 4:14. On the girl’s side Blue Springs South senior Samantha Nightingale leads the charge coming off a top ten finish at the Nike Cross Nationals meet in the fall and having run a 4:56 1600 a year ago. She could be challenged by Eureka freshman Hannah Long who ran 5:06 for the full mile at the Festival of Miles meet as an eighth-grader in 2011.

The high school miles will take place right before the professional races under the lights near the end of the meet. The girls will race right before the AppWorldSolutions elite women’s 800 and the boys will go off just before the Saint Louis Track Club Elite Men’s mile, the night’s featured event. There have been eight sub four-minute miles in the last three years at the Festival of Miles.

The Festival of Miles Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the sport of track and field and give back to athletes in need. The Festival of Miles, which takes place each spring, is a track meet that showcases the sport at all levels featuring youth competitors, master’s runners and some of the world's best athletes. Each year all proceeds from ticket sales go to an athlete(s) in need. For more information visit

Members of the media interested in learning more about the Festival of Miles are encouraged to contact Katie Helbig at or call (314) 494-9725.

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