The Legacy Christian Academy varsity track team wrapped the season on a high note with eight athletes advancing to the state finals. They competed in individual competitions in addition to advancing two relay teams, and Ale Rutenis brought home the State Championship in the Long Jump. In addition to the varsity success, the JV team brought home the District Championship, so we can look forward to great success next year with all of our track teams!
My favorite memory from track season was spending time with the group that went to state and seeing all of our hard work paying off. I am definitely going to miss the team most as I made a lot of new friendships and made a lot of memories with them.
The team verse for the boys’ team was Acts 20:24 “But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself, if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God.” The boys were challenged and grew throughout the year physically, mentally, and spiritually. Coach Smith’s hope is that the boys learn to recognize that the gospel of the grace of God is greater than any individual accomplishment they could ever achieve.
The season highlight was an outstanding display of teamwork, toughness, and unselfishness at the district track meet during the 3200m run. A 3200m run is about pace, timing, and team strategy, as proven by Tyler Heaton ’20. At the District meet, only the top two finishers in each event qualify for regionals. In the 3200m run, Tyler Heaton unselfishly bore the brunt of the wind in 2nd place for 6.5 laps, intentionally setting up Max Sanderlin’19 to burst from 4th to 2nd in the last 600 meters, thereby qualifying Max for regionals. Tyler put his own interests aside, and ran the race in a way that would set up Max to get the regional spot.
The girls that I ran with this track season definitely had a huge impact on me. They pushed me when I wanted to give up and they always managed to put a smile on my face. I made many unforgettable memories with them and also made some life-long best friends. I constantly got support from the coaches and I learned so much from them. I am so thankful for all the opportunities I had and I will always remember this track season.
The girls track team had a very impressive run this year. They sent two relay teams to state and Ale Rutenis competed in three individual events in addition to one of the relays. The girls recognized the importance of perseverance in the growth of their faith. Over the course of the season, the girls team pushed forward. They took the seed of faith that had been planted and were able to overcome obstacles, difficulties and trials. God gave them the increase to run their races with their heads held high.
The season highlight was a wonderful display of teamwork and perseverance. Campbell Bearden ’22 was the first leg of both relay teams and was injured after the team qualified for regionals. Having any leg of a relay team get injured can be debilitating for a team, let alone the starting leg. Emeline Crumley ’20 stepped in and stepped up in a big way. Thanks to the girls’ continued faith and sheer determination, the relays came together and both relay teams advanced to qualify for state.
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