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Alisha Gilmore runs during the 12-Hour Run last Friday night. (Staff photo by Shelly Holinsworth)
By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

From 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. the cross country runners were out on the Mustang High School track.

The teams had one runner at a time that ran one mile at a time for the annual 12-Hour Run. This year was the 23rd Annual run. The teams were able to get to 110 miles in during the 12 hour time span.

“It gives you kind of a perspective,” Mustang coach Mike McGarry said.

Last year’s team ran 110.5 miles, but a year ago Mustang had a four senior Lady Broncos, which were the state runners-up last year.

“The girls will be around where they were last year,” McGarry said.

The Broncos returned all but D.J. Gonzales from last year’s squad. Mustang will look to get back to the state race after the two year hiatus.

“The boys will be better,” McGarry said.

The 110 miles ran this year was more than the 2011-2007 years’ miles put up.

Because the event is 12 hours, throughout the middle of the night, the level of conditioning is shown.

“It gives me an idea of where we are as far as conditioning goes,” McGarry said.

While the runners were not running there were games for them to play. The event allows the cross country teams to bring the season in with a fun atmosphere.

“It’s a team building deal. It’s a fun way for them to get out and run,” McGarry said. 

Now that the fun 12-Hour Run is over the cross country teams will be running even harder to prepare for the Mustang Harrier race on August 30.

“We will kind of see more and get after them in other practices,” McGarry said.

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