Athletics have played a significant role at Desert Christian Schools for three decades. Our physical education classes, competitive teams, intramural activities, and adult leagues all serve to meet the physical needs of our students, families, and staff toward the fulfillment of our mission. Running, in particular, is used as a metaphor throughout the Bible. “In the heavens he has pitched a tent for the sun…like a champion rejoicing to run his course” (Psalm 19:4-5). “They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint” (Isaiah 40:31b). “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize (1 Cor. 9:24). “…Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Heb. 12:1a).
Cross Country was the first team sport established at Desert Christian High School. Some who had a hand in starting these programs have joked that we had no athletic facilities so it was our only option! Over the years, hundreds of students have been trained athletically and nurtured spiritually by participating on these teams.
As is typical for our school, our Cross Country teams are experiencing success this year. Our boy’s high school team is exhibiting outstanding Christian character and are also ranked 2ndin CIF-SS Div. V and in California. A recent Antelope Valley Press article about the team ran under the headline, “DC’s special team takes run up rankings.” Beyond their outstanding talent and commitment to competing “in such a way to win the prize,” these young men and their coaches are dedicated to honoring Christ with their lives. It is clear when you speak with them and watch how they interact with each other and their competitors. They are running the race of faith and, along the way, none of us will be surprised if they win a championship. They seem to be setting new individual and school records every time they race. If you really want to be impressed, come out to a race and talk with them when it is done. They are champions. The next few weeks will tell if they win the prize.