Stars Align at Historic Stars Mile Night Featuring the Simon Greiner Elite Mile

May 30, 2024

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History was made on the evening of Saturday, May 18, during the third annual Stars Mile Night at Bishop McGuinness High School. Building upon a massive amount of momentum from the previous two events, this unique and competitive community running event hosted by the Simon Greiner Track & Field Program and Oklahoma City University Cross-Country and Track & Field, brought together runners of all ages, skills, and experience levels, inspiring a new generation of athletes and coaches. 

Record-Breaking Participation

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This year’s Stars Mile Night drew 475 runners, more than doubling last year’s 232 participants and tripling the number from the inaugural event in 2022. An estimated 1,500 people attended, showcasing the event’s growing popularity and community support.

This year’s event included the following races:

  • Elementary 800m
  • Middle School Mile
  • Scissortail Running Open Mile
  • OK Runner High School Mile
  • Arnold & Smith Law College Mile
  • Simon Greiner Elite Mile

A Historic MILEstone

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The highlight of the evening was undoubtedly OCU’s Elvert Silva’s performance in the Simon Greiner Elite Mile. Silva made history by finishing with an official time of 3:58.89, marking the first sub-4-minute mile ever recorded on an outdoor track in Oklahoma. This extraordinary achievement rewrote the Oklahoma history books and set a new standard for competitive running in the region.

Star Performances

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In addition to Silva’s historic run, participants set several other event records throughout the evening.

Yazmine Wright posted an impressive 4:45.05 in the Simon Greiner Elite Women’s Mile.

Angel Sanchez from Fort Worth finished the High School Boys’ Mile race in 4:07.92.

Brody Woodcock from Deer Creek High School had the fastest Oklahoma High School Boys’ Mile with a 4:10.25 finish. His time bested last year’s Stars Mile Night High School Boys’ Mile top finish and is the fastest Oklahoma high school mile in the previous two years by almost two seconds.

Natalie Duggan from Edmond Santa Fe was the fastest High School Girls’ Mile runner with a time of 5:02.87.

Mackenzie Wahpepah-Harris, who was a high school “rival” of Simon Greiner, topped the Scissortail Running Open Mile with a 4:21.96.

Celebrating OKCPS’s Brightest Stars

Stars Mile Night also celebrated the achievements of two exceptional OKCPS runners.

Daryen “DJ” Jefferson from Douglass High School and Cameron Pearson from U.S. Grant High School were each awarded the Simon Greiner Track & Field Program Scholarship for $1,000. 

Both DJ and Cameron will continue their running careers in college next year. DJ will run cross-country and track for Sterling College in Sterling, KS, while Cameron will join the MACU cross-country and track program in Oklahoma City.

Inspiring the Next Generation of Rising Stars

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Stars Mile Night is more than just a running event; it is a celebration of community, perseverance, and the spirit of running. By bringing together runners of all ages and skill levels, the event inspires the next generation of athletes and fosters a supportive environment for personal and athletic growth.

As we look forward to next year’s Stars Mile Night and Simon Greiner Elite Mile, the impact of this year’s event will undoubtedly continue to resonate, motivating runners and coaches to push their limits and chase history.

Coaching Culture: Agents of Hope

Oklahoma City Public Schools has a storied history of producing some of the state’s best athletes and teams. But when resources dwindled and facilities suffered from decades of neglect, the district's once-thriving sports culture declined. Today, Fields & Futures and OKCPS are committed once again to fostering a coaching culture that attracts and retains agents of hope who want to impact lives on and off the field.

OKCPS Student-Athletes Honored by Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame

The Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame recognized six OKCPS student-athletes for their remarkable athletic achievements and academic excellence during the 2023-2024 school year at the 40th annual All-Sports & Scholar Athlete Awards Ceremony. Daryen Jefferson, James Allen, Chloe Threatt, Luisa Talavera, and Jailyn Ramirez were named Jim Thorpe High School Players of the Year for their respective sports, while Cameron Pearson received the Virgil Milliron Wrestling Scholarship Award.

Building Happy, Healthy Kids Through Summer Programming

Compared to many other communities and school districts, OKCPS Athletics historically lacked the resources to offer summer camps and clinics for its athletes. Now in its second year, OKCPS Summer Programming is back with a full lineup of free sports camps and clinics that provide invaluable opportunities for young athletes to improve their abilities and stay engaged during the off-season.

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