Lilly Smith
Lilly Smith
Height: 5'6"
Year: Sr.
Hometown: Weaverville, N.C.
High School: Homeschool
Events: Distance
Major: Biology (Music minor)

Honors:

  • (Track & Field) USA South Track Athlete of the Week (March 11, 2019; March 25, 2019)
  • (Cross Country) NCAA Cross Country Championships participant (2018)
  • (Cross Country) NCAA South/Southeast All-Region (2018)
  • (Cross Country) USA South Runner of the Year (2018)
  • (Cross Country) USA South All-Conference first team (2018)
  • (Cross Country) USA South Runner of the Week (Sept. 3, 2018; Sept. 10, 2018; Sept. 24, 2018; Oct. 1, 2018)
  • (Cross Country) USA South All-Sportsmanship (2018)
  • (Cross Country) USA South Runner of the Year (2017)
  • (Cross Country) USA South All-Conference first team (2017)
  • (Cross Country) USA South All-Sportsmanship (2017)
  • (Cross Country) USA South Runner of the Week (Sept. 4, 2017; Oct. 2, 2017; Oct. 9, 2017)
  • (Cross Country) USA South All-Sportsmanship (2016)
  • (Cross Country) USA South Runner of the Week (Sept. 5, 2016; Sept. 12, 2016)
  • USA South All-Academic (2016-17)
  • (Cross Country) USA South All-Conference second team (2015)
  • USA South All-Academic (2015-16)

2018-19 (Senior): Had a historic season in cross country... Captured a second straight USA South Runner of the Year honor after being a four-time Runner of the Week recipient and holding four of the top five 6k times in the conference... Qualified for the NCAA Cross Country Championships, becoming the first Covenant runner to do so, after finishing ninth with a then-second best program 6k time of 22:57.6 at the NCAA South/Southeast Region meet (Nov. 10)... Placed 104th, out of 279 runners, at the NCAA Championships (Nov. 17) and shattered her own program record in the 6k at 22:34.8... With her region finish, she became the first Covenant female runner to earn All-Region honors... Started the year with a program-record four consecutive individual titles... Only placed outside the top 10 once in eight meets... Finished second at the USA South Championships (Oct. 26) with a time of 23:10.5 to earn first team All-USA South honors for a second straight year... Set the program record in the two-mile with her run of 12:42.6 at the season-opening Mountaintop Invitational (Aug. 31)... Finishes cross country career with each of the top six 6k times in program history... Was Covenant's representative on the USA South All-Sportsmanship team for a third straight year

2017-18 (Junior): Ran in seven meets during the fall cross country season… Was named the USA South Runner of the Year… Was named to the USA South All-Conference First Team… Was named Covenant's representive on the USA South All-Sportmanship team... Was named the USA South Runner of the Week three times (Sept. 4, 2017; Oct. 2, 2017; Oct. 9, 2017)... Set the Covenant cross country 6k program record at the USA South Championships (Oct. 28) with a time of 22:55, placing second out of 125 runners… Set her 5k personal record at the Disney Cross Country Classic (Oct. 7) with a time of 19:48.9… Placed second or higher on the team in all seven meets… Placed second out of 53 runners at the Maryville Invitational (Sept. 30)... Ran in four events during the indoor track season... Set the school record in the mile, placing first overall at the Southern Indoor Challenge (Feb. 12) with a time of 5:23.89... Set the school record in the DMR at the Southern Indoor Challenge (Feb. 12), placing first overall with a time of 13:13.20 with Margaret Fitch, Hannah Hennigh, and Hannah Samuels... Set the school record in the 4x400m with Virginia Kay Roberts, Sydney Fitch, and Michelann Settle, placing fourth with a time of 4:38.86 at the Southern Indoor Challenge (Feb. 12)... Placed second overall in the 3000m at the Tiger Indoor Invitational (Feb. 3), running a 11:11.85 mark, her personal best... Ran in six different events in the outdoor track season... Set two school records at the Atlantic Independent Championships (Apr. 28), placing second in the 800m with a time of 2:24.24 and placing first with a time of 4:49.55 in the 1500m... Set the school record in the 3000m run at the Mountain Laurel Invitational, placing first with a time of 10:57.56... Set the school record in the 5000m at the Hilltop Classic (Mar. 30), placing second with a time of 18:37.36... Set the school record in the DMR with Margaret Fitch, Hannah Hennigh, and Hannah Samuels at the Emory Invitational, placing sixth overall with a time of 13:26.51... Placed first overall in the 5000m at the Atlantic Independent Championships (Apr. 28) with a time of 18:37.36... Her career-best 4x400m was run with Hannah Hennigh, Virginia Kay Roberts, and Abigail Wallace at the Atlantic Independent Championships (Apr. 28), placing fourth with a time of 4:27.18

2016-17 (Sophomore): Competed in eight cross country events, though she was unable to finish one, finishing first on the team in all of them... Was Covenant's representative on the USA South All-Sportsmanship team... Named USA South Runner of the Week for two consecutive weeks... Won her first collegiate race in the Maryville Invitational 6k (Oct. 1) with a time of 25:20.4... Set personal records in every event, with a 12:46.9 two-mile in the UTC PowerAde Invitational (Sept. 9), a 20:21.4 5k in the UNG Invitational (Sept. 17), and a 24:15.7 6k in the Berry Viking Open (Oct. 15)... Set program indoor track record in the 3000 meter at 11:35.19 at the Tiger Indoor Invitational (Feb. 11) and was also a member of the distance medley relay team in the meet that placed third at 14:00.98... Also set outdoor program records with an 800 meter time of 2:35.76 and in the 1500 at 5:20.62 at the Atlantic Independent Championships (April 20)... Earned USA South All-Academic accolades for a second consecutive year

2015-16 (Freshman): Competed in all seven events on the year... Earned All-USA South second team honors as she placed eighth with a time of 25:43 in the conference meet... Had a personal record time in the 6k at 25:11 in the NCAA South/Southeast Region meet (Nov. 14)... Came in eighth in the Maryville Invitational 6k (Oct. 3) with a time of 27:21, contributing to a first-place team finish... Contributed to the team score as Covenant's fourth finisher with a time of 25:20 in the Berry Invitational 6k (Oct. 17)... Also ran during the spring track season and set personal best times in the 3000 meter (11:21) and 5000 meter (19:48) events... Also ran a leg for the 4x400 relay team... Earned USA South All-Academic honors

High School: Was homeschooled... Although she did not run on a school cross country team, she has been running since she was 15 and has competed in several 5k, 8k and 10k road races... Holds a personal best time of 24:33 in the 5k

Personal: Parents are Greg and Mary Smith... Has three sisters, Anna, Julia and Leah, and one brother, Grayson... Favorite Bible verse is Psalm 56... Majoring in biology with a biochemistry minor... Would like to pursue careers in either veterinarian medicine or research science

Smith's Personal Records:

Cross Country:
2-mile: 12:42.68 (Mountaintop Invitational, Aug. 31, 2018) - Program Record
5K: 19:41.8 (Berea College Mike and Mary Kay Invitational, Sept. 15, 2018)
6K: 22:34.8 (2018 NCAA Division III Championships, Nov. 17, 2018) - Program Record

Outdoor Track:
800m: 2:23.43 (Victor Icebreaker Duals, Mar. 2, 2019)
1500m: 4:46.25 (Emory Invitational, March 22-23, 2019)
3000m: 10:57.56 (Mountain Laurel Invitational, Apr. 13, 2018)
5000m: 18:29.05 (Hilltop Classic, Mar. 30, 2018)
4x400m: 4:23.70 - Roberts, Henry, Lipperd (Emory Invitational, March 22-23, 2019)
DMR: 12:50.57 - Henry, Roberts, Lipperd (Emory Invtiational, March 22-23, 2019)
Shot Put: 4.55m (Falcon Classic, March 24-25, 2017) 

Indoor Track:
Mile: 5:20.42 (Tiger Indoor Invitational, Feb. 2, 2019)
3000m: 11:11.85 (Tiger Indoor Invitational, Feb. 3, 2018)
DMR: 12:49.98- Maggie Henry, S.K. Lipperd, V.K. Roberts (Southern Indoor Challenge, Feb. 11, 2019)
4x400m: 4:32.14- Anna Walter, V.K. Roberts, S.K. Lipperd (Southern Indoor Challenge, Feb. 11, 2019)
5000m: 18:07.06 (Southern Indoor Challenge, Feb. 11, 2019)

High School:
5K: 24:33