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Dwayne Lillie
Dwayne Lillie returns for his senior year as an all-conference performer last season.
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Appalachian State Cross Country Schedule Released

App State Director of Track & Field/Cross Country Damion McLean announced the 2024 men’s and women’s cross country schedule on Monday. The Black and Gold will host a trio of meets at the Don Kennedy Trails at State Farm this fall.

“We are looking forward to an exciting season,” said men’s distance coach Brad Herbster. “Our schedule includes competitive meets here in beautiful Boone and high-level competition at Notre Dame that gives us an opportunity to evaluate where our team stands nationally. As we build to a national level, this schedule allows us to put the best squad on the line during our championship season.”

App State will kick off its season with a pair of back-to-back meets at the Don Kennedy Trails at State Farm in Boone. On Aug. 30, the Black and Gold will host the Covered Bridge Open with the women’s 5K at 10 a.m. with the men’s 6K to follow at 10:40 a.m. On Sept. 13, App State will host the Firetower Project Run, which has the men’s 8K scheduled for 6 p.m. and the women’s 6K to follow at 6:40 p.m.

The Mountaineers will head to South Bend, Ind. for Notre Dame’s Joe Piane Invitational on Oct. 4, which marks their only meet out of town during the regular season. Returning to Boone to close out the regular season, the Black and Gold will host the Mountaineer Feud on Oct. 18. The men’s 8K is slated for 10 a.m. with the women’s 6K to follow at 10:40 a.m.

“Our women have high goals for the fall and are determined to work hard and build off the positive momentum from last year,” said women’s distance coach Annie Richards. “All of the runners on our roster who scored at conference in 2023 are returning, and we have several transfers and a strong incoming class that will elevate our performances in the 2024 season. I look forward to opening up the season in Boone and showcasing our home cross country course and trails. During these first several races we will emphasize racing as a team and building unity. Traveling to Notre Dame in October and lining up against some of the best women from around the country will set the tone for how our women compete in the championship season.”

The Sun Belt Championships are set for Nov. 1 in Foley, Ala., where App State’s men’s squad will look to defend its title. App State clinched the 2023 crown with 28 points, the lowest team score at the conference meet since 2013. Additionally, Oliver Wilson-Cook, Calbert Guest, Dwayne Lillie, Garrett Bivens, and Jonah Bird earned All-SBC honors and in his first year as men’s distance coach at App State, Herbster was named SBC Men’s Cross Country Coach of the Year. On the women’s side, the Mountaineers placed fifth in the team standings and Jasmine Donohue earned All-SBC honors for her performance on the course.

The NCAA Southeast Regional will be in Rock Hill, S.C. on Nov. 15 and the NCAA Cross Country Championships are scheduled for Nov. 23 in Madison, Wis.

2024 Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Schedule
Aug. 30 – Covered Bridge Open – Boone, N.C.
Sept. 13 – Firetower Project Run – Boone, N.C.
Oct. 4 – Joe Piane Invitational – South Bend, Ind.
Oct. 18 – Mountaineer Feud – Boone, N.C.
Nov. 1 – Sun Belt Championships – Foley, Ala.
Nov. 15 – NCAA Southeast Regional – Rock Hill, S.C.
Nov. 23 – NCAA Championships – Madison, Wis.

{Information provided by Appalachian State Athletics}