Meet Information

2019 WNC Cross Country Carnival

We're looking forward to hosting the 19th edition of the early-season mountain classic. Our climate is comparatively cool. Our course is challenging but fair (and slightly shorter than 5k). Our goal is to provide teams with a positive introduction to the season.


To maintain the integrity of our races with the capacity of the course, we try to cap the field at about 200 athletes per race. Preference is given to returning programs, but if you're interested, please contact the meet director ( Meet entry is through e-mail invitation only.

We are seeking sanctioning for NC, SC, and TN, but we can add others based on interest.

A school may participate in multiple events (for example, top 8 boys in the Championship, 7 boys in the Invite, 10 boys in the Individual Race, and others in the 3K race).

Please note that the 3k is not a middle school race; it is intended for high school athletes who are not quite ready for the rigor of a full 5k due to inexperience, fitness level, etc. We certainly respect a coach's desire to challenge young athletes, but we also encourage a progressive approach to the season and a positive, enjoyable competitive experience. We appreciate your effort to assign athletes to a race appropriate for their current ability. (This year male and female athletes will race simultaneously but will be scored independently.)

One hundred and fifty dollars will cover all participants from a given school ($75 if only a boys team or girls team; $20.00 for an individual). Athletes must represent their school. Make checks payable to TC Roberson Rams Club & mail to:


Coach Andrew Devine

250 Overlook Rd.

Asheville, NC 28803

Race Schedule:

Championship Boys (limit of 8 runners)- 8:30

Championship Girls (limit of 8 runners)- 9:00

Invitational Boys (limit of 7 runners)- 9:30

Invitational Girls (limit of 7 runners)- 10:00

Individual Boys (limit of 10 runners)- 10:40

Individual Girls (limit of 10 runners)- 11:20

3k Boys & Girls (unlimited)- 12:00

Riley Howell Service Award:

As many of you may know, our team, our school, UNCC, and the larger regional community suffered a tragic loss this spring with the death of Riley Howell. In an act of selfless heroism, he lost his life protecting others. This August we are instituting an annual memorial award in conjunction with the Carnival. Were asking coaches to submit a brief nomination for one member of the boys team and one member of the girls team who have conducted acts of service in the spirit of generosity, stewardship, and love.

Riley reminds us that trophies and titles are not the most valuable acquisitions of cross country competition. Those are for the very few blessed with exceptional talent, determination, and good fortune. Available to all who participate are the more important rewards of the virtues enhanced by our sport. The camaraderie of the team teaches athletes to cherish others. The sanctuary of the trails teaches athletes to cherish the natural world. These values were central to Riley's character and they are the hallmarks of this yearly honor.A list of all nominees will be included in the race packets, and each candidate will be recognized with a certificate. The inaugural Riley Howell Service Award recipient will be announced at the presentation of medals for the invitational and championship races.

Nomination forms should be submitted by email by August 14th.

Additional Information:

Chris Gkikas of Northline Navigation has put together an updated course map for us. (printable .pdf)

Among the unique aspects of our race are the ceramic medals created by Mud Dabbers Pottery in Balsam, NC presented to the top 10 individual finishers in the first three divisions and the top 5 finishers in the 3k. Face jug team awards will go to the top two squads in the Championship and Invitational races.