Athens Christian cross country program has a strong tradition of excellence, and our athletes are ready for the challenge. In 2001, Athens Christian cross country was the only sport in GHSA to have won a state championship their first year in GHSA. No one has been able to do it since. The Lord has truly blessed the program over the years, and we give Him complete glory.In a cross country race, teams run outside over hills etc. and compete in a 3.1 mile race. Middle school athletes compete in a 2 mile race over the same terrain. Runners are judged on individual times and a point-scoring method for teams.
Cross country is for tough athletes, mentally and physically!! In all, our one and only goal is to run for the Lord, and to give him complete glory in all that we do!!
KENT KRAMER CLASSIC 2020
When 13 teams descended on the ACS campus Thursday, October 15, 2020, to run just another mid-week XC meet, the ACS coaches and parents had a slightly different feeling from most: Coach Kent Kramer, the man who founded the ACS Cross Country program in the 90s, passed away 24 years ago to the day when a drunk driver ran him off the road 2 miles from campus, on his way to a practice for the upcoming state meet. The Eagles would go on to win that state meet - just 2 days after burying their coach - the Eagles were led by state champion Adam Tribble who now coaches distance runners at the University of Alabama.
The current crop of ACS runners honored the memory of our former coach by sweeping all 4 races Thursday - a feat rarely even heard of these days. MIDDLE SCHOOL RACES: The day started off with young McKinely Smith, an ACS 7th grader, winning the MS girls race with a time of 12:58 (3K) - her second individual title of the season. McKinley was followed by Millie Smith (2nd overall) Sarakate Parham - 3rd; Elana Wanzer and Janayiah Dixon - to win the middle school girls race.
On the boys side - Levi Holland of ACS - ran an impressive 11:28 for the 3000 meters to win the overall title - Levi was followed by Joahan Brink - Zack Akins - Dalton Haymons and JD Dixon to lead the Eagles over St. Joseph Catholic to a perfect score of 15.
VARSITY RACES: On the Varsity side Karen Palma of ACS took the individual girls title to lead her team over Johnson of Gainesville; Mount Pisgah and Monticello in a tight race for the top 4 teams. Karen was followed by Abigail Cabaniss (3rd); Sarah Beth Townsend (7th); Abby Arnold (15th); Lydia Fortson (19TH) and Mali Todd (20TH). On the boys side Nathan Smith (Soph.) and Leo Lopez (Greene County Senior and defending Class A State Public Champ) - ran neck and neck for 3 miles with Lopez pulling away at the finish to win the race by a few seconds - in all honesty it was Nathan's 2nd race in 48 hours since he competed at the area meet on Tuesday - the only one we let go to that meet - where he finished 6th overall. Nathan was followed by Drew Beetles (5th); Ali Nabulsi (6th); Jack Todd (14th) and Peter Loveall (17th) to win a close race in the 11 school field over Mount Pisgah - who is the 7th ranked team in the State.
All in all it was one of the best XC days we have ever had here at ACS - like a parent told me after the race - he thought he could hear Coach Kramer cheering during the race, he said he thought the voice seemed to be coming from overhead.
CROSS COUNTRY COVID PROTOCOLS
We would like to extend a warm welcome to you and your athletes when traveling to Athens Christian School. We would like to inform you of what you can expect when traveling to our game sites and the social distancing protocol changes for this upcoming season. We will work very hard at making sites for football, volleyball, cross country, cheer and softball an enjoyable, safe event for your fans, players, and families. Please share with your friends, families, followers.
Cross Country: Varsity and Sub-Varsity
Social distancing is required.
The areas behind the softball field, around the football practice field and baseball field will be used for tent setup.
No water will be provided.
Buses will be directed for parking locations by an ACS Administrator.