SPARTANBURG, S.C., Aug. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- The 22nd annual Eye Opener Cross Country Meet will take place this Saturday, Sept. 3, at 8 a.m., on the Roger Milliken Center grounds in Spartanburg. More than 1,500 male and female collegiate and high school athletes from 93 schools across five states will convene for the race. Through a partnership with Fila, an elite Italian sports brand, Milliken will provide their signature VisaEndurance(R) brand of odor-fighting, moisture-wicking T-shirts to the top 15 men and women racers in various categories. Event volunteers will also receive the Fila-donated shirts, and the Eye Opener race T-shirts are available for sale to the public during the event for $20. "The Eye Opener Meet is a great way to kick off the cross-country season and we're glad Milliken & Company can again serve as host to these remarkable collegiate and high school athletes from across the Southeast," said Richard Dillard, director of public affairs for Milliken & Company. Previously held at the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind, this is the sixth year the Eye Opener race has been run on Milliken's corporate campus. The 5K and 8K races feature a rolling, grassy course, with a hill in the final quarter mile of the run. Herb Barton, fourth place finisher in the 800-meter race in the 1948 Olympics, will be the official starter of the event. "Not only has this event become one of the premier cross country races in the Southeast, it brings tourists and visitors to the city of Spartanburg," said Jack Todd, Eye Opener race founder and coordinator. "We also appreciate our sponsor, Waste Management, and our host, Milliken & Company, who enable us to put on this caliber of race." A complete list of participating colleges and high schools per state is attached. The starting times for each race division are as follows: - 8 a.m. - collegiate women's 5K - 8:15 a.m. - collegiate men's 8K - 9 a.m. - boy's junior varsity 5K - 9:45 a.m. - girl's varsity 5K - 10:30 a.m. - boy's varsity 5K Parking is available in designated lots on the Milliken property, or along the frontage/access road which parallels Highway 176/585 (Pine St.). About Milliken & Company Founded in 1865, Milliken & Company is a privately held textile and chemical company that employs approximately 12,000 associates worldwide. Milliken operates more than 60 manufacturing facilities in the United States and abroad to produce over 38,000 high performance products. To learn more about Milliken, please visit the company's website at www.milliken.com. About VisaEndurance VisaEndurance is a proprietary fabric technology that combines long- lasting, effective odor control with excellent moisture management for comfort that is offered in a wide range of performance apparel fabrics. To learn more about VisaEndurance, visit www.visaendurance.com. Appendix A: List of the Eye Opener Cross Country Meet participating high schools and colleges, per state Abbeville H.S., Abbeville, S.C. Airport H.S., Lexington, S.C. Anderson College, Anderson, S.C. Andrew College, Cuthbert, Ga. Augusta Prep H.S., Augusta, Ga. Augusta State University, Augusta, Ga. Beaufort H.S., Beaufort, S.C. Belmont Abbey College, Charlotte, N.C. Ben Lippen School, Columbia, S.C. Blue Ridge H.S., Travelers Rest, S.C. Blythewood H.S., Blythewood, S.C. Boiling Springs H.S., Boiling Springs, S.C. Brevard College, Brevard, N.C. Broome H.S., Spartanburg, S.C. Byrnes H.S., Spartanburg, S.C. Cannon School, Concord, N.C. Catawba College, Catawba, N.C. Chapman H.S., Chapman, S.C. Charlotte Christian H.S., Charlotte, N.C. Chattahoochee Technical College, Atlanta, Ga. Chesnee H.S., Chesnee, S.C. Christ Church Episcopal School, Greenville, S.C. Colleton County H.S., Walterboro, S.C. Columbus State University, Columbus, Ga. Converse College, Spartanburg, S.C. Crescent H.S., Iva, S.C. Daniel H.S., Spartanburg, S.C. Dorman H.S., Spartanburg, S.C. Dutch Fork H.S., Columbia, S.C. Easley H.S., Easley, S.C. Emerald H.S., Greenwood, S.C. Enka H.S., Enka, N.C. Erskine College, Due West, S.C. First Assembly Christian H.S., Concord, N.C. Gaffney H.S., Gaffney, S.C. Gaston Christian School, Gaston, N.C. Gilbert H.S., Gilbert, S.C. Greenwood Christian School, Greenwood, S.C. Governor's School for Arts, Greenville, S.C. Greenville H.S., Greenville, S.C. Hilton Head H.S., Hilton Head, S.C. Hopewell H.S., Huntersville, N.C. J.L. Mann H.S., Greenville, S.C. Landrum H.S., Landrum, S.C. Laurens H.S., Laurens, S.C. Liberty H.S., Liberty, S.C. Limestone College, Gaffney, S.C. Louisburg College Mars Hill College, Asheville, N.C. Mauldin H.S., Greenville, S.C. Midland Valley H.S., Aiken, S.C. Ninety Six H.S., Ninety Six, S.C. North Greenville College, Greenville, S.C. Northwestern H.S., Rock Hill, S.C. Oakbrook Preparatory, Spartanburg, S.C. Palmetto H.S., Williamston, S.C. Piedmont College, Demorest, Ga. Polk County H.S., Columbus, N.C. Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C. Providence H.S., Charlotte, N.C. Riverside H.S., Greer, S.C. Rock Hill H.S., Rock Hill, S.C. R-S Central H.S., Rutherfordton, N.C. Savannah College, Savannah, Ga. Seneca H.S., Seneca, S.C. Smiths Station H.S., Smith's Station, Ala. South Aiken H.S., Aiken, S.C. Southern Wesleyan College Spartanburg H.S., Spartanburg, S.C. Spartanburg Christian Academy S.C. Spartanburg Day H.S., Spartanburg, S.C. Spartanburg Methodist College, Spartanburg, S.C. St. Stephens H.S., Hickory, N.C. Stratford H.S., Summerville, S.C. T.C. Roberson H.S., Asheville, N.C. TL Hanna H.S., Anderson, S.C. Toccoa Falls College, Toccoa, Ga. Travelers Rest H.S., Travelers Rest, S.C. Tusculum College, Greeneville, Tenn. Union H.S., Union, S.C. University of South Carolina Aiken, Aiken, S.C. Wade Hampton H.S., Greenville, S.C. Walton H.S., Marietta, Ga. Warren Wilson College West Oak H.S., Westminster, S.C. Westminster Catawba Christian H.S., Catawba, N.C. Westside H.S., Anderson, S.C. Wingate H.S., Wingate, N.C. Winston-Salem State University, Winston-Salem, N.C. Woodruff H.S., Woodruff, S.C. Wren H.S., Anderson, S.C. York H.S., York, S.C.
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