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Midnight Mile attracts 85 runners
The second annual Midnight Mile brought in close to $500 for the Fort Mill High cross-country program and attracted 85 runners to the event.
The second running of the event was held at Springfield Middle School, due to the installation of Astroturf at Bob Jones Stadium on the campus of Fort Mill High.
Event organizer and former cross-country runner Jeffrey Case said he still has 15 to 20 T-shirts he can sell so he can still bring in around $1,000 for the team. The official amount collected, not including expenses was $1,167.
Case said the numbers were low as far as the amount of money he wanted to raise, but he is still hopeful.
“It was on the low side, but good thing is I will be able to sell the extra shirts we have,” he said. “If I can sell around 15 to 20 more shirts, then we will pass last year’s raised amount and if we sell them all, we can still break $1,000.”
The money goes to the cross-country team to do things like feed the team on away trips.
“It helps offset the cost of buying things like granola bars and drinks for 100 kids,” said coach Marc Pyrc.
Pyrc said he is proud of people like Case and Drew Marshall, both alumni, who have stepped up to help out and form the event.
“They have taken ownership of it,” Pyrc said. “Hopefully, it will become a tradition of grabbing graduated seniors. It is a fun event.”
The event to raise money for the Fort Mill cross-country team was won by a Nation Ford graduate and former state cross-country champion in Kevin Ketner, who completed his mile in 4:37.22.
Erik Wendt finished second at 4:38.59 and Case finished third at 4:42.09.