Cross Country

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Boys & Girls Cross Country

Our boys and girls cross country team has experienced a lot of success over the history of the program. CCS is competitive locally, regionally, and at the state level. Cross country at CCS has a history of preparing athletes to compete in DI, DII, and DIII college level programs. Since 1986, CCS has had only 3 head coaches. Athletes compete at the varsity and junior varsity level in both High School and Middle School. CCS also offers Lower School cross country for grades 3-5.

  • Boys Individual State Champion: 2020
  • Boys Varsity took back-to-back State Championships in 2017 and 2018
  • Girls Varsity placed 3rd at the State Meet in 2018 and 6th in 2017
  • Boys State Championships: 2018, 2017, 1996, 1995
  • Boys State Runner-Up: 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999
  • Boys Region Championships: 2018, 2017, 2009, 2005, 2004, 2001, 2000, 1997
  • Girls State Championships: 2011, 2000, 1999
  • Girls State Runner-Up: 2005, 2004, 1999
  • Girls Region Championships: 2011, 2008, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1997
  • Girls Region Runner-Up: 2018, 2017, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2006
Daniel Russell
Head Coach

Russell is in his 3rd year as the Chargers Head Cross Country Coach. He also serves as the Head Track & Field Coach at CCS. Russell began coaching the CCS Track & Field team in 2012, and in 2017 he joined the Cross Country program as the Head Girls Coach. Prior to CCS, Russell served two years at Covenant College as the Assistant Cross Country Coach where he helped the men's and women's programs to conference runner-up titles and an individual male conference championship.

When Russell joined the staff in 2017, he helped lead the girls' team to the State Meet, taking 6th place with an All-State finisher. This was their first appearance since 2011. In 2018, the girls' program took 3rd place at the State Meet with an All-State finisher again and 2 All-Region finishers. In 2018, under Russell’s tenure with the boys' program, the team secured a State Championship with 4 All-State runners and a 3rd place finisher. They were also Region Champions with 7 All-Region runners out of the 14 total. In addition, the boys' team took 2nd place at the Front Runner Chattanooga Championship Meet, defeating 27 schools including dominant programs like Signal Mountain, Baylor, and Cleveland High School. In 2018, Russell was named Cross Country Coach of the Year by the Chattanooga Times Free Press.

He completed his Master's of Athletic Administration from Ohio University and holds an NFHS Track and Field certification and Level 1 USA Track and Field coaching certification. He also has a USTFCCCA Technical Coaching certification. Russell and his wife, Meredith, live in downtown Chattanooga, TN, with their son and daughter, Levi and Eleanor, and attend North Shore Fellowship in North Chattanooga.


List of 3 members.

  • Photo of Daniel Russell

    Daniel Russell 

    Head Coach, Cross Country and Track & Field
  • Photo of Sara Chandler

    Ms. Sara Chandler 

    MS Head Cross Country and Track & Field Asst Coach
  • Photo of Christy Piersant

    Christy Piersant 

    Middle School Assistant Coach