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Union cross country sweep titles, Martin, Bett, Peiser, Johnson take top honors

JACKSON, Tenn. - 10/29/2011 - The 2011 TranSouth Conference Cross Country Championships was completed Saturday, October 29 on the campus of Union University in Jackson, Tenn. This marked the third straight season for Union to be the host for the cross country championships.

On the women's side, Union claimed their ninth straight conference title. Blue Mountain (Miss.) College finished second, Bethel University finished third, and Freed-Hardeman finished fourth.

Allison Martin of Union was named the TranSouth Runner of the Year and Gary Johnson of Union was named the TranSouth Coach of the Year. Union's Martin, Audrey Hazelhurst and Lilli Harmon were named to the TranSouth All-Conference team.

On the men's side, Union claimed their eighth straight conference title. Blue Mountain finished second, Bethel finished third, and Freed-Hardeman finished fourth. Alex Bett of Union was named the TranSouth Runner of the Year, Lucas Peiser of Union was named the TranSouth Newcomer of the Year, and Johnson of Union was named the TranSouth Coach of the Year. Bett, Zach Covington, Drake Ott were named to the TranSouth All-Conference team.

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WOMEN'S POSTSEASON HONORS
Runner of the Year: Allison Martin, Union University
Newcomer of the Year: LaTifa Swims, Blue Mountain College
Coach of the Year: Gary Johnson, Union University
Team Champion: Union University

WOMEN'S ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
1. Allison Martin, Union University
2. LaTifa Swims, Blue Mountain College
3. Audrey Hazlehurst, Union University
4. Sloan Scott, Freed-Hardeman University
5. Kelsea Hendrix, Blue Mountain College
6. Lilli Harmon, Union University
7. Tuesdae Rowland, Blue Mountain College

MEN'S POSTSEASON HONORS
Runner of the Year: Alex Bett, Union University
Newcomer of the Year: Lucas Peiser, Union University
Coach of the Year: Gary Johnson, Union University
Team Champion: Union University

MEN'S ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM (photo)
1. Alex Bett, Union University
2. Austin Epting, Blue Mountain College
3. Zach Covington, Union University
4. Richard Feist, Blue Mountain College
5. Emmanuel Tavares, Bethel University
6. Nelphat Bor, Bethel University
7. Drake Ott, Union University

TRANSOUTH SCHOLAR ATHLETES
Union University (photo): Allison Martin, Lilli Harmon*, Cally Howell*, Hannah Clardy*, Carissa Wilson*, Caleb Creel, Drake Ott, Zach Covington, Joel Wellum*


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