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When the Saints go running in, or out, Lancaster High School senior cross country and track standout Eden Christopher will be in the elite number at Limestone College.
Christopher officially joined the Saints’ fold on Monday, April 15 when she signed to run with the Limestone College program.
“I think this is going to be a blessing,” said Christopher, who has lettered in LHS cross country for three seasons and Lady Bruins’ track for four years. “I feel it will be an opportunity to grow. I’m very excited about the chance.
“I use running in my everyday life,” she said. “Like running, you have to push through hard spots to reach a goal.”
Christopher noted she has used her 4 Cs – character, commitment, consistency and confidence – to produce her share of success.
In LHS cross country last fall, she posted a personal-best of 20:21 to win the girls Bruin Award.
She was a key member of the LHS team which earned a third straight bid to the state qualifier last November. The team qualified sixth for the state to earn its third straight berth and finished 14th overall at the state meet.
In track, where Christopher is working on her fourth letter this spring, she won the Lady Bruins’ Distance Award last season. She has run a 13:05 in the two mile and a 6:05 in the mile.
“Eden is a hard worker and an exemplary teammate,” LHS cross country coach Josh Pauling said. “She’s a joy to coach and a great leader for her teammates. She’s very supportive and very determined.
“In her career, she’s had some injuries and weathered it all,” Pauling said. “It’s exciting to see how it’s all worked out for her. This is great for our girls cross country program as she is one of the first to sign to go to college.”
LHS athletic director Mark Strickland called Christopher “a class act.”
“She’s an excellent student, superb person and very good distance runner,” Strickland said. “Eden is one of the most kindest female athletes you will come across, but at the same time, she’s a fierce competitor.
“She has pushed hard to earn this chance,” he said. “This will be Limestone’s gain. She has the kind of parents you like to have around.”
Christopher lauded her parents, Danny and Evie Christopher.
“My dad started me running and my mother has been very supportive every step of the way,” she said.
Christopher, in the top 30 percent of her class and a Fellowship of Christian Athletes member, said she likes Limestone as a small school which is also Christian-based.
“I plan to major in psychology and minor in coaching for cross country,” she said.