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Union cross country third in men’s, women’s race; three runners make nationals

Alex Bett (left), Zach Covington

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - 11/7/2009 - The Union University men’s and women’s cross country teams posted third place finishes in the NAIA Qualifying meet in Nashville on Friday. The teams did not qualify for nationals for the first time in three seasons, however, three Union runners placed high enough to advance to the NAIA National Meet as individual qualifiers.

Shorter (Ga.) College placed first in both races and earned the team qualifier to nationals. The top five runners in each race, not on Shorter’s team advance to nationals as individual qualifiers. Union had three of those 10.

Hannah Clardy, Alex Bett and Zach Covington will make the trip to Vancouver, Washington for the November 21 race.

Alex Bett finished in first place in the men’s qualifying race. He follows up his individual TranSouth Championship last week with a time of 25:59.06. Union’s Zach Covington placed ninth, Seth Covington was seventeenth, Drake Ott placed twenty-first, Joel Wellum was thirty-sixth, Dan Ramer was forty-second and Logan Smith placed fifty-sixth.

On the women’s side, Hannah Clardy finished sixth, Kayla Hauss placed sixteenth, Carissa Wilson was twenty-second, Carrie Moore placed twenty-third, Lilli Harmon was twenty-fourth, Cally Howell was thirty-ninth and Hannah Staggs was fortieth.


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