Grace Community runner signs with Harding

Grace Community runner signs to run cross country for Harding.
Grace Community runner signs to run cross country for Harding.(Mark Bownds)
Published: May. 8, 2023 at 8:50 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - Grace Community School in Tyler is celebrating their newest senior athlete to play at the collegiate level. Cross Country runner Abby Metzger signed with Harding University. Abby, who is Captain of the Grace Cross Country team says she’s excited about making the move to Harding.

“I’m really excited,” she said. “I like I kind of knew as soon as I got on campus that it’s gonna be a great fit for me. And then I came back to meet the team and the girls are just so encouraging. I think it’s gonna be a great environment for me to really thrive in. So I’m just really excited.”

Abby is a state champion and has also excelled in track and soccer. As big of a star runner that she is, Abby admits that she was about to hang it up, but it was her faith in her coaches and her faith in God that drives her.

“I thought that I was, you know, ready to be done dealing with a little bit of burnout but, like kind of what they were saying today. Like, I had an amazing, like series of coaches that just really helped, like, mentor me and guide me and kind of like realize what my values and that it’s not my performance, it’s God, and that really gave me peace and like, a new confidence to take on new challenges and just see where the Lord’s taking me.”