Cross Country

The cross country program at LHS is centered around growing young people in their faith in Jesus Christ.  Daily prayer, team devotions and a team retreat every season help to keep the focus on the author and perfector of our faith, Jesus.  Strength in faith fosters continued physical and emotional development for students that leads them to be sucessful athletes and members of the LHS community.  LHS cross country has been represented at the MSHSAA state meet for 10 consecutive years including 2 individual state championships, 17 individual All-State finishes, and 4 Top 4 finishes as a team.  The past 10 years have also seen the cross country program win 7 AAA Conference team championships and 5 MSHSAA District team championships as well as numerous individual Conference and District Champions.

Sam Weinhold - Varsity Head Coach

Sam Weinhold has served in a variety of coaching positions throughout the years. He was previously the head Varsity Baseball coach in Shiner, Texas and in his second year finished strong with a 9-1 record in district play which ended with winning the district title. While also in Texas, Sam was the Head Coach for the middle school Football and Basketball teams. Along with those responsibilities, …

 he was also an assistant Varsity Football and Basketball coach at the High School level. During Sam’s time in Texas, he was also asked to help with both Middle School Track and the High School Track team which ended with both Girls and Boys winning state.


Looking to get back home to the St. Louis area, Sam was offered a teaching position at Child of God Lutheran School and was also named Athletic Director and has maintained this distinction since 2015. While at Child of God, Sam has been blessed to be able to coach Cross Country and Basketball. Sam also serves the congregation of Child of Church in a leadership position as an elder. At his alma mater, Lutheran High, Sam has also been active in coaching both Varsity and JV Baseball.


Sam attended Lutheran High St. Charles graduating in 2007. While attending Lutheran High St. Charles Sam was a member of the Baseball and Wrestling teams. Following Lutheran High Sam attended Central Missouri where he earned a degree in Criminal Justice. Following Central Missouri Sam continued his education at Texas State where he received a master’s degree in Secondary Education.

Elizabeth Fruend - Associate Head Coach 

LHS Alumnus, Elizabeth Fruend (ne Burch), is excited to be a part of the Cougar XC coaching staff. Elizabeth currently teaches Geography, Physical Education, and Health, at LHS. Elizabeth is the faculty representative for Cougar Archery, and is a head coach for the LHS Track and Field team….

We appreciate her competitive attitude, with a smile. She is active personally, having run in 12 half marathons, and continues to run before most of us are awake early in the mornings. Elizabeth is a graduate of Concordia University Wisconsin, where she was a four -year varsity starter for the women’s basketball team and an all-conference player.  Elizabeth is married to Rick who is also an alumni of Lutheran High, they have three children; Joshua a senior, Julia a junior and Travis a freshman. 

Team Highlights

  • State Final Four Appearances

    Third Place: 2008, 2012
    Fourth Place: 2007, 2010, 2011



  • District Championships

    2002, 2003, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013