Sophomore Jax Ledford passes the runner ahead of him. Ledford finished with a personal best 5k time of 17:30.3.

Asheville Christian Academy’s Varsity Cross Country runners started the season off with a race at Jackson Park. The course had hilly terrain, flat sections, and rooted hills that challenged the runners’ speed, endurance, balance, and strength throughout the race. Though the race was difficult, both the ACA men’s and women’s teams faired well. In a field of thirty-eight competing teams, ACA was successful, placing seventh overall for the women and eleventh for the men.

Before and after the race, the team prayed for safety and success. Sophomore runner Rachel Lanter said, “prayer is incredibly powerful, and during races, I can endure and stay upright only because of God’s grace and strength. Prayer connects our hearts to our Shelter, Strength, and Savior.”

The ACA women eagerly approach the starting line.


The team agreed that they all worked incredibly hard at the Jackson Park meet, but they all believe they will continue to improve throughout the season, through hard work and continuing to encourage on another. Both the coaches and athletes are excited for the upcoming season ahead, and invite the rest of the ACA family to attend the upcoming meets.

On Wednesday, September 6, the Lions hosted the Buncombe County Championships at home. The women placed third overall, and the men placed seventh. Join the Lions again at home on Saturday, September 30, as they host the Ramble by the River ACA Invitational, currently the third largest invitational in the state, with over 30 teams in attendance.

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