Cross country team started at LCMS

Meet the Lakers cross country team. Some team members are not pictured due to unforeseen circumstances and weren’t able to practice.
The students at Lake City Middle have a great opportunity this year with the first ever cross country team offered through the USA Track & Field and the Knoxville Youth Athletics.

Cross country is just one more great possibility for growth, social engagement, personal accomplishments and to make new friends.

It gives kids at LCMS that may not be interested in football, volleyball or band the chance to do something that they are passionate about, such as running.

The fee to join is $35 and students must have a physical on file with the school. Students have joined and practice has begun and the atmosphere is energetic. I was given the opportunity to interview Cross Country Coach Miller today at one of their practices and observe the team training.

Miller has the team of around 16 runners stretching and doing 1.6 miles around the school campus, and is increasing it to 2 miles, as well as keeping times and making sure the team stays hydrated as it prepares for its first meet Saturday, Sept. 4, at Victor Ashe Park in Knoxville.

The girls will run at noon, with the boys following at 12:30 p.m.

We are hoping that this is a triumphant first year for our Lakers cross country team, and that fellow classmates and families go out and cheer them on to make this first year a running success.

Thanks to the Anderson County School System, our athletic director, Mr. Hopper, USA Track & Field and the Knoxville Youth Athletics for bringing this to the students.

Who knows, we may even have a future Olympian.