State Champs

October 25: Lutheran Sports Association of Missouri (LSAM) conduct state championships in several sports every year.  Last weekend Lutheran schools from the state of Missouri gathered in New Haven for the Cross Country state championship.
Congratulations to the Zion girls’ cross country team that finished in 2nd place, and the state champion Zion boys’ cross country team (last 4 years running).  Several personal bests were achieved by the runners from top to bottom.   The oldest runners were coached by Julie Reitz and Zion alumni Chloe May.  The younger athletes are coached by Rachel Tyler, Stephanie Mudd and Melissa Gaghen.

Cross Country can be a hard sport.  Zion sports a team of 80 runners from 1st thru 8th grade, with 20 of them competing at the state meet.  The sport is an opportunity to learn not everything is easy, sometimes you have to do things you don’t like and at times you have to work really hard through discomfort to reach a goal.  Zion’s coaches and parents have been supportive, and firm in their encouragement for these runners through all kinds of situations.  Life lessons learned through athletics…….a wonderful purpose for athletics in schools.