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LCA Girls Cross Country Team Honored in Frankfort

The LCA Girls Cross Country Team and coaches were guests of Senator Alice Forgy Kerr and were recognized by the Kentucky State Senate on Wednesday, March 9, 2022 for winning the school's first KHSAA Class A Girls Cross Country State Championship. The girls had a great day visiting the Kentucky State Capitol and enjoyed this special experience.

Read Senator Kerr's introduction of the team below and view more photos from their day in Frankfort.





Lexington Christian Academy -Girls KHSAA Class A Cross-Country State Champions

Thank you Mr. President. I have with me as my guests today the Lexington Christian Academy Girls Cross Country Team.  Team members include: juniors Lilianne Hutchinson, Lillian Samford & Hannah Seamands; sophomore Emma Clare Doepke; freshman, Lily Frost, eighth-graders Annalise Randles & Annie Sewell; and seventh-grader Anna Dawahare.  These fine young ladies won the school’s first Kentucky High School Athletic Association Class A Girls Cross-Country state championship this past season, beating twenty-nine other teams that qualified for the state meet. The championship was held outside of Paris, Kentucky on a cold and wet Saturday morning in late October, which made the course very challenging. As the race started, LCA’s girls stayed together and pushed their way towards the front. As they drew closer to the finish line, the consistency of their performances helped them secure a team victory. Individually, Lillian Samford, Anna Dawahare and Annie Sewell were named to the Kentucky All-State Team. 

These ladies also won the KHSAA regional title – LCA’s eighth consecutive Girls Cross-Country regional title – and five of the ladies were named to the All-Region team.  One of the things that makes this team special is the fact that they were often competing against larger teams with older girls.

I also understand that several of the girls on this team competed and won the state championship in the 4 by 400 meter and the 4 by 800 meter relays this past weekend at the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association’s Class A Indoor meet on Saturday.

The team is led by head coach Tom Stickel. The team’s assistant coaches are Raymond Hayes, Adam Huff and Allison Lyon. This past season was Coach Huff and Coach Lyon’s first season coaching, so they’ve set a very high bar for themselves.  I’m told all the coaches are very dedicated to helping these young ladies achieve their maximum potential, both as athletes and young leaders.

In addition to their athletic accomplishments, these young ladies have been very successful off the course.  Their collective accomplishments include – among other things – being a current finalist for the Governor’s School for the Arts; completing an international leadership program in Rome, Italy last fall; recognition as a Youth Ambassador by Congressman Andy Barr’s office; and receiving multiple academic recognitions. In fact, everyone on the team received Academic All-State honors.

Please join me in welcoming the team to the Senate and I ask that they be granted floor privileges for today and today only.

Posted 3/10/22