SAGU goes cross country for impressive showing
Lions finish 15th in 35 team field; Campos is best finisher
Next up: the Sooner Athletic Conference Championship in two weeks
WINFIELD, Kansas -- The first year Men’s Cross Country program at Southwestern Assemblies of God University went 381 miles and made a powerful statement about their all-freshman team.
Competing against a field of 35 teams at the NAIA’s Mid-States Classic, SAGU finished 15th and had a host of praiseworthy accomplishments.
The Lions average time of their top five male finishers in the 8K (4.97 miles) was 27:48:51. Head Coach Jason Covarrubias pointed out that the figure was an improvement of 40 seconds over the squad’s previous best.
Plus, all five turned in their personal best times of the season.
“The men ran in a very competitive field and placed quite well,” he said. “The weather was great and the course was flat with a few rolling hills. That is a great combination for fast times!”
“This race was great for our young runners!”
“There is no doubt about it,” he continued, “we came out of the fire primed and ready for our first crack (as a program) at the SAC Championships!”
Adam Godwin, of No. 9 ranked Oklahoma Baptist University, finished in first at 24:24.08, though the Bison took second to Oklahoma City University. There were over 200 runners in the men’s division.
Leading the way for the Lions was 5-foot-4 Jose L. Campos (Luling, Tx / Luling HS). He was clocked at 54th with a time of 26:38.94.
The next finisher for SAGU was John “BJ” Hillhouse (Brookshire, Tx / Royal HS) at 27:12.92. Brad Beimler (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS) was next, sixteen seconds later (27:28.93).
Juan Rubio (Rockdale, Tx / Rockdale HS) was fourth (28:08.29) for Team Purple, while Christian Yglecias (Cameron, Tx / C.H. Yoe HS) was next (29:33.44).
Luke Flattery (Springfield, Mo / Central HS) was one of the tallest runners in the field at 6’5. He crossed the line in sixth (30:32.19). The Lions inaugural team has seven harriers.
The field had teams from eight states, including several who were nationally ranked. OKCU was the highest at No. 6, and they took the top prize.
SAGU did manage to defeat one of our sister schools, Evangel University (Springfield, Mo), who finished 21st.
Next on the horizon for SAGU is the Sooner Athletic Conference Championship in two weeks. The event takes place in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Saturday, November 9.
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NAIA Mid-States Classic Field
Avila University (Kansas City, Mo)
Bacone College (Muskogee, Ok)
Baker University (Baldwin City, Ks)
Benedictine College (Atchison, Ks)
Bethany College (Lindsborg, Ks)
Bethel College (Newton, Ks)
No. 33 Central Methodist University (Fayette, Mo)
Colorado College (Colorado Springs, Co), NCAA D3
Columbia College (Columbia, Mo)
Doane College (Crete, Neb)
Evangel University (Springfield, Mo)
Friends University (Wichita, Ks)
Graceland University (Lamoni, Iowa)
John Brown University (Siloam Springs, Ark)
Kansas Wesleyan University (Salina, Ks)
Langston University (Langston, Ok)
Manhattan Christian College (Manhattan, Ks)
McPherson College (McPherson, Ks)
No. 35 Missouri Valley College (Marshall, Mo)
No. 9 Oklahoma Baptist University (Shawnee, Ok)
No. 6 Oklahoma City University (OKC, Ok)
Oklahoma Wesleyan University (Bartlesville, Ok)
Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, Tx)
Park University (Parkville, Mo)
Peru State College (Peru, Neb)
University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma (Chickasha, Ok)
SAGU (Waxahachie, Tx)
No. 28 Southwestern College (Winfield, Ks)
St. Gregory’s University (Shawnee, Ok)
No. 20 University of Saint Mary (Leavenworth, Ks)
College of Saint Mary (Omaha, Neb)
Sterling College (Sterling, Ks)
Tabor College (Hillsboro, Ks)
Wayland Baptist University (Plainview, Tx)
York College (York, Neb)