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Union cross country takes both TranSouth titles, earn bids to NAIA nationals

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - 11/8/2008 - The Union University cross country teams earned wins in their respective TranSouth Conference Meets.  The women posted a first place finish out of five teams in the race, while the men won first in a seven-team field.  Both Union teams earned bids to the NAIA National Cross Country Meet in Wisconsin on November 22.

In the women's race, Union's Lydia Bond took first place, earning her TranSouth Runner of the Year honors.  Teammate Hanna Clardy took second place and was the highest finishing freshman, which earned her TranSouth Freshman of the Year honors. 

The top seven runners in the race earn TranSouth All-Conference honors.  This year's list included six Union runners.  Joining Bond and Clardy as All-Conference performers were Kayla Hauss, Danielle Partain, Clarley Moss, and Erika Schnatterly.

In the men's race, Union boasted the the second, third and fourth runners.  Alex Bett placed second, Zach Covington was third, and Seth Covington was fourth.  Union placed four runners on the All-Conference list, including Bett, Z. Covington, S. Covington, and Joel Wellum.

Union's Gary Johnson was named the men's and women's TranSouth Conference Coach of the Year.  This is the eight conference women's coach of the year, and seventh men's conference coach of the year.

2008 TranSouth Conference Cross Country Post Season Honors


Runner of the Year:  Lydia Bond, Union University
Freshman of the Year:  Hannah Clardy, Union University
Coach of the Year:  Gary Johnson, Union University

All-Conference (Top 7 Finishers):
Lydia Bond, Union University
Hanna Clardy, Union University
Kayla Hauss, Union University
Kayla Holcomb, Blue Mountain College
Danielle Partain, Union University
Clarley Moss, Union University
Erika Schnatterly, Union University

TranSouth Results
NAIA Qualifier Results


Runner of the Year:  Nelphat Bor, Bethel College
Freshman of the Year:  Nelphat Bor, Bethel College
Coach of the Year:  Gary Johnson, Union University

All-Conference (Top 7 Finishers):
Nelphat Bor, Bethel College
Alex Bett, Union University
Zach Covington, Union University
Seth Covington, Union University
Richard Feist, Blue Mountain College
Joel Wellum, Union University
Beau Palmer, Lyon College

TranSouth Results
NAIA Qualifier Results

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