JACKSON, Tenn. - 8/10/2009 - The Union University women's cross country team enters the 2009 season as the defending TranSouth Champions. Union has captured six straight conference titles, including three straight team appearances in the NAIA National Meet.
Union head coach Gary Johnson returns six runners from the 2008 season. Two players were lost to graduation, including Lydia Bond and Charley Moss who were both four-time All-Conference runners. Bond was the 2008 TranSouth Runner of the Year for Johnson and the Lady Bulldogs.
Of the six returning players, four have been honored for their success the course.
Erika Schatterly, the team's lone senior, is a three-time All-Conference runner. Junior runner Kayla Hauss, has been an All-Conference runner in each of her first two seasons. Newcomer Carrie Moore, also a junior, joins the cross country squad after spending two seasons with the Union women's soccer program.
Four sophomores dominate the roster, led by Hanna Clardy and Danielle Partain who each were All-Conference runners as freshmen. Hanna Staggs and Carissa Wilson return after completing a successful first season of college competition.
Lilli Harmon and Cally Howell join Union this season as freshmen and will look to contribute to a possible seventh straight TranSouth Championship.
Union opens their season on Saturday, September 19 in the Commodore Classic hosted by Vanderbilt University in Nashville. Union will host two events on campus, Union Invitational on Oct. 3 and the TranSouth Conference Meet on Oct. 31.
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