KANSAS CITY, Mo. - 11/22/2008 - On the day Union University is competing in the NAIA Cross Country National Champions, the team puts three runners on the NAIA Scholar Athlete list. On the women’s side, Lydia Bond earned her second NAIA Scholar Athlete honor. For the Union men, Josh Abbotoy earned his second scholar athlete award, while Seth Covington earned his first national scholar athlete award.
The NAIA awards the scholar athlete award to individuals who are juniors or seniors and have at least a 3.5 GPA.
Bond, a 5-foot-9 senior, is from Madison, Ala. Earlier this season, she helped Union to their sixth straight TranSouth Conference Title. She was named the TranSouth Runner of the Year and first team All-Conference. Bond has helped Union’s women to their third straight NAIA National Tournament.
Covington, a 6-foot junior, calls Saltillo, Miss. Home. He helped Union’s men to their fifth straight TranSouth Conference Title earlier this season. He is a three-time All-Conference runner, and was also named first team All-Region last season. Covington has helped Union’s men to their second straight NAIA National Tournament.
Abbotoy, 5-foot-9 senior, is from Nashville, Tenn. He has helped Union’s men win their fifth straight conference title and second straight national tournament appearance.
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