Varsity Cross Country

Varsity Cross Country

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CONGRATULATIONS to the Boys and Girls High School Cross Country teams for outstanding performances this past season at the 2020 TAPPS State Cross Country Championships.   Both teams had the highest finishes for Grace Cross Country in the last 20 years.
 
The Girls Team brought home the award for 2nd place in the 5A competition.   They were led with 3rd and 4th place individual
finishes by Abby Metzger and Ashlynn Hecht.   This event capped a season of well-earned awards for the Girls Team, 
winning 4 of 5 invitational meets including the District 2-5A Championship.
 
The Boys Team also shined with an 8th place finish, up from 22nd place a year ago.   It was a united team effort that saw 
almost all of the runners scoring their best times of the year for 5000 meters.   They were led by Grayson Gaddis and Baden Brink 
finishing in 21st and 24th places out of the field of 156 runners.
Tim Latham

Tim Latham

Head Coach

Coach Latham came to GCS in 2019 as a volunteer Cross Country coach. Tim and his wife, Debbie, moved back to his home state of Texas in January 2019 after retiring from a successful career (2017) in San Diego as a CC/T&F Head Coach for 40+ years. He served as Athletic
Director at Sweetwater High School for 20+ years. He was a widely recognized expert in management and administration of team sports, managing/directing over 400 meets at every level during the course of his career. In early retirement he was an Assistant Cross Country Coach at San Diego City College and an Athletics Mentor for the Sweetwater Union High School District. Coach Latham has also been one of the facilitators of Nike Footlocker Nationals in San Diego for over 25+ years and still serves in that role.

Coach Latham has his Master’s degree from Baylor University and holds two Bachelor degrees from Howard Payne University.

Highlights of Coach Latham’s career include Coach of the Year 15 times; National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Section VII (comprised of the states of Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, Utah and California) Boys Track Coach of the Year; California CIF Model Coach of the Year; High School Sports Association of San Diego Athletic Director Award; Award of Merit form the San Diego Starters Association, and awarded the National City, CA, Mayor Award. Coach Latham’s biggest honor was Induction into the San Diego Hall of Champions – San Diego County “High School Coaching Legends” Hall of Fame in November of 2018.

Tim grew up in Houston where his dad was the Pastor of Sharpstown Baptist Church for many years and he is pleased to be back in Texas near family and involved again in CC/T&F at GCS. Debbie and Tim attend Green Acres Baptist Church and have a son, daughter-in-law and 4
beloved grandchildren in Florida.

John Keeling

John Keeling

Assistant Coach

John has been at Grace High School since 2012 where he has taught Modern World History, Debate, US History, AP US History, Government, Economics, and AP Government.  He currently teaches AP US History, along with the regular and AP Government and Economics classes.  He also serves as the History department chair at the high school.  Since the spring of 2018 John has also coached middle school and high school pole vault.  John had 17 years of public school teaching experience in Houston and East Texas before coming to Grace.  John received his B.S. in Political Science in 1994 from Texas A&M University, where he met his wife Bonita (Bo) Keeling.  They have 2 daughters who attend Grace.  John loves to hike, camp, run and read with his family.