Running into 2015
The Lee University men's and women's cross country teams are running toward their season opener Saturday, Sept. 5.
Both teams begin their seasons in Sewanee, Tennessee, against The University of the South, and are working to build upon their previous seasons.
In the 2014 season, the men's team took first place in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) Division I, and the women's team took fourth.
Sophomore Seth Eagleson played a vital role in the Flames' championship victory, by achieving the team's best time of 25:14.1.
'We are looking to be top 15 NCAA at nationals, and [are] coming back to win the conference,' Eagleson said. 'We are looking to win first at regionals. I think this is very doable for the men's team.'
Without losing any graduating seniors, the Flames have experience as they enter the 2015 season.
Head Coach Caleb Morgan said their experience together will enhance communication between himself and the team.
'I think we are more laid back this year. These guys know what I am talking about, and I don't have to convince anyone of anything,' Morgan said.
Returning Senior Jessica Childers holds the record for the fastest high school personal best for a female in Lee history. Childers also ran in the top 15 at nationals in 2014.
'The girls' team is 100 percent better than we have ever been,' Childers said. 'We already have five or six girls running faster than I ran.'