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Oliver Wilson-Cook
Oliver Wilson-Cook, a three time conference runner of the week, finished second overall at the Sun Belt Championship.
photo courtesy of Appalachian State Athletics

App State Cross Country Teams Compete at Live in Lou

The App State men’s and women’s cross country team capped competition at the Live in Lou Cross Country Classic on Saturday, The men’s team finished 10th in the men’s 8K gold race with 302 points, while the women’s team finished 34th in the women’s 5K gold race with 813 points.

“We learned a lot today,” said men’s distance coach Brad Herbster. “Not the day we wanted as the guys are in good shape. Today we did not show what we were capable of. I liked the way they fought as the race was all over the place in terms of pace and our guys could have just thrown in the towel, but they kept fighting. Each race is an opportunity for me to get to know our strengths and weaknesses as a unit. Today we learned a lot. Everything we do now is to prep for a tremendous championship segment.”

Senior Oliver Wilson-Cook set pace for the Mountaineers, finishing 35th individually with an 8K personal best of 24:22.9. Fellow senior Dwayne Lillie finished 54th (24:34.0) and junior Garrett Bivens finished 67th (24:42.4, PR). Senior Calbert Guest clocked a time of 24:47.7 and sophomore Ethan Lipham clocked a time of 24:47.8, finishing 74th and 75th, respectively. Graduate student Jonah Bird rounded out the top 90 with a personal best time of 24:55.5.

“The women prepared and set themselves up for a good race today,” said women’s distance coach Annie Richards. “We got caught in the pack mid-race, and missed a few key runners from our top group, which hurt the team score. The takeaways from this race are mixed, but moving forward we’re excited for a preview of the regionals course in our next race at USC-Upstate.”

Senior Jasmine Donohue set pace for the Mountaineers in the women’s 5K, clocking a season best time of 18:04.4 to finish 66th individually. Freshman Rhys Ammon stopped the clock at 18:37.2, coming within six seconds of her personal best of 18:31.2, which was set at the Covered Bridge Open on Sept. 15. Junior Lana Farris finished with a season best time of 19:01.6 and junior Linnea Maynard stopped the clock at 19:26.9.

The Mountaineers will head to Spartanburg, S.C. for the USC-Upstate Invitational on Oct. 14.