Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts: Festival of Miles Is Thursday at SLUH

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Sports Shorts: Festival of Miles Is Thursday at SLUH

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The eighth annual Festival of Miles, scheduled for Thursday at St. Louis University High, features two professional races along with six races for high school runners. Festivities start at 6:30 p.m. with some youth events before the main lineup begins at 7:30.

Defending men's mile champ Jordan McNamara highlights the field of that race, which is scheduled to start at 8:50 p.m. as the finale. McNamara's time last year of 3 minutes, 54.27 seconds set the meet record, breaking a mark set in 2009 by 2012 Olympic silver medalist Leo Manzano.

The women's 800 field is led by Lauren Wallace, the U.S. Indoor champ at 1,000 meters in March; and LaTavia Thomas, a three-time NCAA champ for LSU. Both competed last weekend at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore.

Recent Eureka High graduate Hannah Long, who set the state record in the girls 1,600 on Saturday at the state meet, is testing her skill against the pros in the 800 field. Two other local products, 2005 Eureka graduate Shannon Leinart and 2008 Villa Duchesne graduate Cydney Ross, also are in the 800.

The men's mile also has some youthful flavor as national leader Grant Fisher of Grand Blanc, Mich., is seeking to become only the seventh high school runner to break the four-minute mark.

All proceeds from ticket sales go to the 2015 Festival of Miles Athlete in Need, 16-year-old Fort Zumwalt West student Brian Ott, who has been battling cancer since the age of 3. (Chris Gove)

Motorcycle drag racing at Gateway * The NHDRO motorcycle drag racing series will make its first appearance Friday-Sunday at Gateway Motorsports Park in Madison.

It is the Midwest's largest drag racing series.

Gates open at 10 a.m. Friday, and a test and tune session for all 11 classes starts at noon. Gates open at 9 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, and racing begins at 10 a.m. each day. (Ken Roberts)

LSU wins NCAA golf title * Ben Taylor made a tricky 8-foot par putt on the 18th hole Wednesday in Brandenton, Fla., to give Louisiana State its first NCAA golf championship in 60 years.

The Tigers beat Southern California 4-1 at The Concession Golf Club for their fifth team title and first since 1955. …

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