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Cross Country

Lakeland Christian School

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Lakeland Christian School

One of the core values of LCS is the belief that we are partnering with parents in the Christian education of their children. We believe that mutual respect, communication and involvement by all partners is essential for success of our mission.LCS is a school. We believe that being a Christian school and being a top-flight academic institution should not be mutually exclusive. On the contrary, we take the mandate of Colossians 3:23 that calls us to strive to be the best. We provide a variety of rigorous, engaging, academic and co-curricular activities that enable students to identify and express the full range of their unique gifts and abilities.

Program Overview

The LCS cross country program centers around the school’s mission of coaching and training athletes in the light of God’s word. The goal for middle school through varsity teams is for each runner to compete to the best of his or her ability, to push themselves just a little further in every run. Running takes discipline along with mental and physical endurance, and coaches expect their teams to utilize that discipline in other areas of their lives, believing the work athletes put into their craft is what they will get out of it.

Coaching Staff

Head Coach: Milton Lyons

Coach Lyons is in his 5th year of coaching cross country at LCS and was named Polk County Coach of the Year in 2020. He has previous collegiate coaching experience at Webber International University and was the head coach at Santa Fe Catholic High School and Lakeland High School. Coach Lyons ran cross country and track in high school and while attending Florida Southern College. He still actively participates in 5k and marathon runs. His first marathon, Gasparilla in Tampa, FL, qualified him for the Boston Marathon in 2010. When not teaching, coaching, and running, Coach Lyons enjoys spending time with his wife, two daughters, and mother. He loves to travel, meet new people, and see what the world has to offer. He is an avid sports fan and guru and dreams about becoming a baseball player. He is an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church where he serves in the children’s ministry.

Assistant Coaches

  • Dan Yamnitz
  • Kelly Green
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