JACKSON, Tenn. - 9/6/2011 - The Union (Tenn.) University men’s and women’s cross country teams posted strong showings in the Memphis Twilight Cross Country Classic on Saturday. The Union women finished tenth out of 25 teams, while the men finished 12th out of 22 teams. (women’s results | men’s results)
Union’s women finished 10th with a 5K time of 1:42:26 and was the second highest NAIA team. Ole Miss was first place with a time of 1:32:57. Union was led by Allison Martin in 40th place with a time of 19:54. Audrey Hazlehurst was 44th (19:58), Whitney Sweet was 63rd (20:22), Lilli Harmon was 79th (20:39), Carissa Wilson was 103rd (21:30), Ashlee Stewart was 107th (21:34) and Hannah Clardy was 114 (21:41).
The Union men ran the four mile course in 1:51:19 to put them 12th in the mostly NCAA field. Western Kentucky placed first with a time of 1:42:26. Union was the second highest finishing NAIA team. Alex Bett led the way for Union with a 35th place finish and a time of 21:27. Zach Covington was 45th (21:40), Lucas Peiser was 73rd (22:12), Joel Wellum was 90th (22:37), Drake Ott was 119th (23:20), Logan Smith was 121st (23:23) and Caleb Creel was 123rd (23:26).
Up next for Union will be the Commodore Classic in Nashville, Tenn. host by Vanderbilt on Saturday, September 17.
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