Running Towards the Tournament

Written By Andrew Riddle

The Legacy Christian Boys Varsity Cross Country Team has made a big wave in the Metro Buckeye Conference standings. With four runners in the top ten, and six in the top thirteen, the Knights’ young team has been holding their own against the competition. Ben Rodriguez, a freshman at LCA, holds the best personal record time running a 5K in 17:44.7 at the annual Jim Murray Invite. Josh Hamilton (Jr) holds the second-best time from the same race, with a 17:46.80. The team consists of five freshman, four sophomores, two juniors, and just one senior, which has allowed head coach Jim Preston to build a strong foundation for the future. When asked about the team’s success this year, assistant coach Jason Harding answered, “Overall, we have been working super hard and we see that with our chance to defend our conference title next Friday [16th of October].”

The Girls Cross Country team consists of the varsity volleyball team from LCA, and senior Margaret Kensinger. Due to a shortage of runners for the girls’ team, Volleyball coach Amy Pickens allows her team to participate in the Meets in order to help out the cross-country team. Margaret has been doing exceptionally well this season. She placed first overall at the Troy Christian Meet and has the best 5K time in the conference, running a 20:41.00. Coach Harding has been very pleased with the volleyball team participation and with Kensinger’s hard work. “Margaret has been working really hard. Hopefully, she can heal from her recent ankle sprain and get ready for a run at regionals and state,” said Harding.

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On Friday, October 16, the Metro Buckeye Conference meet was held. The varsity guys did not disappoint. The team won by a whopping fifteen points bringing home their second straight MBC Conference Championship Trophy and third in the last five years. The varsity girls also had a strong performance, finishing third overall.

Special Thanks to Coach and Mrs. Preston

On Friday, October 2, 2020, long time LCA/Xenia Christian teacher and wife to Cross Country Coach Jim Preston, Mrs. Marylou Preston, passed away. Mrs. Preston was a true blessing to everyone she came across and was a fantastic example of a Christ-follower to all her students. Coach Preston has been a constant face of encouragement to the team and everyone around the LCA campus since he began coaching cross country in 1993. The Cross-Country Team has been praying for Coach Preston and his family, writing notes of encouragement, and were able to attend the viewing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Preston family and we thank them for their dedication to teaching and leading their student athletes.

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