LINCOLN (SNR) – Catholic schools in the city of Lincoln added a new sport to the Lincoln Catholic Athletic League: cross country.
Lincoln teacher Ivan Ivanov organized the program in 2014 as a club at his children’s school, Cathedral of the Risen Christ, with the permission of Msgr. Robert Tucker, chief administrative officer. Two more schools joined with teams of their own, making some competitive meets possible last year.
This fall, with cross country as an officially sanctioned sport, eight schools participated.
The seventh- and eighth-grade students in the first cross country season participated Aug. 31 through Oct. 10. The meets were held on Saturday mornings, and the students ran a distance of 3,000 meters. The final meet of the season included 49 boys and 32 girls.
Laura Martin from St. Michael School in Lincoln won the girls’ event at the final meet and Ashton Ivanov of Cathedral School won the boys’ event. The top three winning girls’ teams were from St. Joseph, St. Teresa and St. Peter schools. The top three winning boys’ teams were St. Joseph, Cathedral and St. John the Apostle schools.
The Lincoln Catholic Athletic League also includes basketball, volleyball and track and field.