Created in 2003 with legendary running guru John Chavez at the helm, SJCS cross country completed its 14th season earlier this year. Traditionally, SJCS cross country has had too few athletes to regularly field a full team. Though the team has had many runners do very well at the state meet, having enough runners to qualify a whole team is a recent development. In 2016 both boys and girls teams qualified for the state meet by coming in second at the district meet. This was the first time St. Joseph Christian has ever had a cross country team qualify for state. The Lions will return a solid core of runners for a state run in 2017. Lisa Olson took over for John Chavez and Tammy Sheets in 2011 and has been the Lions’ head coach ever since.