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12 years after that fateful night in Baton Rouge … The Meet Under
The Lights has come alive once again with the opportunity for high
school, collegiate, and post collegiate athletes to once again toe the line together.
The Meet's History:
The Louisiana High School system breaks our runners into classifications based on the size of the each individual schools. Unfortunately, this separation has the tendency to break competition into groups culminating in exciting, and perhaps, even epic races from taking part.
In May 2001, a group of runners from St. Paul’s and Episcopal, the two top ranked distance schools in the state at the time, got together as a result of being deeply unsatisfied with their state meets and the conclusions of their high school career. Having to run solo in their smaller, but respective, 2A & 4A races, their times suffered. After conversing about the various issues, they begged the question, “What’s preventing us from racing each other now that our seasons are over?”
Bernie Moore Stadium in Baton Rouge, mid-distance runners including;
Patrick Gavin (St. Paul’s), Garrett Smith (Episcopal), Greg Fell
(Episcopal), Steve Geiser (Episcopal at the time attending
University of Georgia), as well as Walker’s, Cassidy
Johnson, and Andrew "Wolfman” Huston (Episcopal),
self made conditions (rabbits and competition to bump elbows).
As they toed the line that May night, there was a feeling of
easiness, as jokes and laughter were momentarily exchanged,
a prelude to Coach Duplechin’s, “Set… Go.” Although this meet sat as an unofficial race,
The runners rounded the track under the dimly lit lights of
Episcopal unaware of their actual speed. The runner
awaited satisfaction because the runners set new PR’s with the help of rabbits
Steve Geiser (mile) & Will Silk (800).
This year's events are for the social or the serious runner, including; the open 3,000 meter run, open 1 mile, invitational 1 mile, 3 legged 400, speed walk 400, and a 4x400 meter relay (costume optional).
All preregistered entrants will receive a T-shirt and prizes will also be awarded to each event's overall winners, as well as the best costumes in the 4x400 relay. Finally, specially designed singlets will be given to the high school invitational mile runners in a North Louisiana vs South Louisiana race. The winner of the team competition will receive bragging rights, and a team trophy, to be housed in the winner's portion of the state. The North's trophy (if winning) will be housed in "Fit Right Active," and the South (if winning) will stay at Louisiana Running Company until the next meeting.
When & Where
Louisiana Running Company / Louisiana Milesplit
A specialty running store in New Orleans, Louisiana covering high school, college, and racing in general.