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Union Cross Country Boasts TranSouth Runners and Coach of the Year

JACKSON, Tenn. - 11/5/2007 - Following a record weekend for the Union University Cross Country teams, the postseason awards were full of Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs. Sylvia Bundotich was named the TranSouth Conference Runner of the Year and Newcomer of the year. The same awards were given to Union’s Henry Rop. Union head coach Gary Johnson was named as the Coach of the Year for both the men’s and women’s teams.

Including Bundotich, six Union Lady Bulldogs were named first team All-Conference performers. The list included Bundotich, Lydia Bond, Candace Cross, Kayla Hauss, Erika Schnatterly, and Charley Moss. Union was also well represented on the NAIA Region XI teams. Bundotich and Boyd were named to the first team, while Cross and Hauss were named to the All-Region second team. Head coach Gary Johnson received his seventh TranSouth Women’s Coach of the Year award and his third Region XI Women’s Coach of the Year award.

The Union men also had several players honored for their efforts. The TranSouth All-Conference team included from Union, Henry Rop, Douglas Martin, Seth Covington, Nelphat Boit, and Phillip Thompson. Receiving region honors from Union were Rop, Martin, and Covington on the first team All-Region. Second team All-Region runners from Union included Boit and Thompson. Gary Johnson received his sixth TranSouth Men’s Coach of the Year award and his second NAIA Region XI Men’s Coach of the Year award.

Because of their Region XI Championships, both Union teams have earned automatic bids to the NAIA National Cross Country Meet on November 17 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This marks the second team qualification for the women and the first for the men. Since adding cross country in 1999, Union has send 15 individual qualifiers to the NAIA National Meet.

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TranSouth Conference Post Season Honors
TranSouth Women’s Honors
Runner of the Year: Sylvia Bundotich, Union University
Newcomer of the Year: Sylvia Bundotich, Union University
Coach of the Year: Gary Johnson, Union University

All Conference Team
Sylvia Bundotich, Union University
Lydia Bond, Union University
Candace Cross, Union University
Kayla Hauss, Union University
Erika Schnatterly, Union University
Anna Engels, Lambuth University
Charley Moss, Union University

TranSouth Men’s Honors
Runner of the Year: Henry Rop, Union University
Newcomer of the Year: Henry Rop, Union University
Coach of the Year: Gary Johnson, Union University

All Conference Team
Henry Rop, Union University
Douglas Martin, Union University
Seth Covington, Union University
Nelphat Boit, Union University
Phillip Thompson, Union University
Glenn Ritter, Lyon College
Daniel Haney, Lyon College

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NAIA Region XI Women’s Honors
First Team All Region
Miranda Meeks, Campbellsville University
Sylvia Bundotich, Union University
Lydia Bond, Union University
Brittney Chesser, Georgetown College
Grace Korir, Lindsey Wilson College
Whitney Brainard, Univ. of Cumberlands
Elyse Velte, Univ. of Cumberlands

Second Team All-Region
Kristin Parrott, Univ. of Cumberlands
Candace Cross, Union University
Marie Coyon, Lindsey Wilson College
Cassie Niersel, Lindsey Wilson College
Amy Etherington, Campbellsville University
Kayla Hauss, Union University
Sara Branch, Campbellsville University

Region Coach of the Year: Gary Johnson, Union University

TranSouth Men’s Honors
First Team All Region
Henry Rop, Union University
Douglas Martin, Union University
Juan Robles, Univ. of Cumberlands
Christopher Kipchirchir, Lindsey Wilson College
David Mutuse, Lindsey Wilson College
Seth Covington, Union University
Seth Darrell, Univ. of Cumberlands

Second Team All-Region
Andre Braima, Campbellsville University
Nelphat Boit, Union University
Phillip Thompson, Union University
Koji Hashiyama, Lindsey Wilson College
Emmanuel Isanda, Lindsey Wilson College
Lucas Garnett, Georgetown College
Brett Ratliff, Univ. of Cumberlands

Region Coach of the Year: Gary Johnson, Union University


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