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Union Men’s Cross Country Receives First Ever NAIA Top-25 Ranking; Women Receive Votes

JACKSON, Tenn. - 10/25/2007 - The Union University men’s cross country team earned the NAIA ranked of No. 20 in the latest NAIA National Rankings. This marks the first time that Union’s men have been in the Top-25. The Union women’s team received votes in NAIA Cross Country rankings released this week.

Union’s men are coming off a runner-up finish in the Southeastern Cross Country Classic held in Nashville last weekend. Union finished just three minutes behind the No. 1 ranked team in the NAIA, Malone College (Ohio).

Union’s Henry Rop continued his winning ways as he took first place in the event. For Rop, this marks the third win in Union’s four races this season. Rop placed first in the Vanderbilt Commodore Classic, first in the Union Cross Country Classic, fourth in the Memphis Twilight Classic, and first in the Southeastern Classic.

The Union ladies were also rewarded for their third place finish in the nationally competitive Southeastern Classic. Union received votes this week after finishing in third place in the meet, behind only NAIA ranked teams, No. 4 Cedarville University (Ohio) and No. 9 Malone.

Up next for the Union cross country teams will be the combined TranSouth Conference and NAIA Region XI Meet on November 3 in Nashville, Tennessee. Union’s women won first place in the region meet last season, while the men posted a runner-up finish in the region. At the conference level, Union’s women are seeking their fifth straight conference title, while the men look for their fourth straight conference championship.

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