The Union University women's cross country team just completed their third season of competition. The Lady Bulldogs earned their highest finish in the program's early history as they finished second place in the TranSouth Conference. Six runners are returning from last season's squad including Union first ever national tournament qualifier in Michelle Hardee.
Hardee is the lone senior on the 2002 team as she will be the leader both in and out of competition. Hardee is a returning all-conference, all-region, and NAIA Academic All-American selection from last season.
Five sophomores are returning after a successful season as freshmen. Janelle Royer, of Jackson, Tenn., was named to the all-conference and all-region team as a freshman. Jenny Eastman, Rachel Cazalas, Kate Graham, and Stacey Chandler are joining Royer in this strong sophomore class.
Coach Johnson has added one new runner for the 2002 season. Amanda Eggleston, a transfer from Western Kentucky, hopes to be able to match her level of runner from high school and contribute to the most productive years in Union's cross country history. Eggleston originally signed with Union out of high school.
Returning two top runners from last season and a having added a solid transfer, Coach Johnson is excited about the potential of a great season with the Lady Bulldogs. The group of young runners entering their sophomore year will be expected to improve and contribute to the squad's performance.