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TranSouth - Fri, May. 22, 2009
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. - The Union University athletic department has been awarded the TranSouth Athletic Conference All-Sports Trophy for the 2008-2009 season. This marks the sixth straight season that Union has claimed the trophy and seventh time in the past eight seasons.

Union claimed four conference titles in the 2008-2009 seasons including women's cross country, men's cross country, women's basketball, and men's basketball. The Union Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs compete in 10 sports with no team finishing lower that fifth place. In addition to the four titles, Union posted one second place finish, three third place finishes, one fourth place finish, and one fifth place finish.

Complete Standings
2008-2009 All-Sports Trophy Standings
School                         Points
Union University (Tenn.) - 6.050
Freed-Hardeman - 5.786
Martin Methodist - 5.056
Trevecca Nazarene - 4.722
Bethel University (Tenn.) - 4.409
Cumberland University (Tenn.) - 4.000
Lyon College (Ark.) - 3.727
Blue Mountain - 3.250
Mid-Continent - 2.417

Freed-Hardeman finished second on the strength of a championship in volleyball and second place finishes in women's basketball, men's basketball, and softball. Martin Methodist secured third place with a championship or shared championships in softball women's soccer, and men's soccer. 
The TranSouth All-Sports Trophy is awarded to the program that produces the most success during the school year in all sports. Points are awarded for how each team finishes in the regular season standings in each sport. Then, the point total for each school is divided by the number of sports the school participated to reach the average. The TranSouth sponsors 13 sports and 11 qualified for the trophy standings with at least four teams participating in each sport. Team(s) gains one bonus point for participating in all 13 conference sponsored sports. If a sport didn't produce regular season standings, then the tournament results were counted. Men's and women's tennis only had three teams competing this season.

Sports must have at least four school sponsored teams to count toward the total. Sports not having at least four teams participating will not count as a conference sport and therefore, not count in the totals. Schools must sponsor a minimum of six (6) sports to be eligible for the All Sports Trophy. In case of a tie, the points will be added and divided between affected teams. Example: Two teams tie for 2nd in a seven team sport. Add 6 and 5 together equaling 11. Divide 11 by 2, so both teams get 5.5 points.

History of TranSouth All-Sports Trophy
2008-09:  Union University - Press Release 
2007-08:  Union University - Press Release 
2006-07:  Union University - Press Release 
2005-06:  Union University - Press Release 
2004-05:  Union University - Press Release 
2003-04:  Union University
2002-03:  Lee University
2001-02:  Union University
2000-01:  Lee University *
* first year trophy awarded