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On the trail to victory

Unlike track events, the sport of Cross Country (XC) has athletes compete in races over various types of terrain. Usually 3.1 miles (5 km), courses often include sections of dirt, grass, gravel, and pavement. Runners trudge up hills, dodge roots, and race around corners.

Lake Pointe's XC teams have fared very well in local and state competition since their inception. For information on history and accomplishments, see the individual team pages.

Here are some details about Mariner Cross Country:

  • The men's and women's teams train together, but compete in gender-specific races.
  • The teams compete against area private and public schools, many of which are much larger. Coaches say, "swimming as a smaller fish in a big pond" makes our runners stretch to perform their best."
  • Student athletes in grades 6th-12th form the Mariners' XC squad.
  • Sometimes, the middle school students compete in their own, shorter, middle school or junior high races, but usually they join their older teammates to compete head-to-head in high school races, since the event is non-contact.
  • LPA competes in the SCACS 2-A league and state tournament.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.       Hebrews 12:1



Athletic Events


This year's meets includes:

@ York High

@ Clover High

@ Gaston Day

SCACS State Meet 


LPA's varsity Cross Country program began in spring 2011.


SCACS girls' team state
      2019-- 3rd place
      2017 --3rd place
     2016 -- 3rd place
     2015 -- champions
     2014 -- champions
     2013 -- champions

SCACS women's individual
   2016: H. McCarter (2nd)
   2015: H. McCarter (1st)
   2014: H. McCarter (1st)
   2013: H. Willingham(1st)
   2012: H. Willingham(1st)
   2011: H. Willingham(1st)

SCACS men's team state
   2015  2nd place
   2013  3rd place

SCACS men's individual
   2015: I. Mayhall (1st)


A Mariner held the state individual girls title for five straight years -- 2011 to 2015.