Fleet-footed men win U-of-Dallas Invitational
Lions beat seven-team field with fine showing
Campos, Hillhouse, Beimer finish in Top 5; Rubio takes seventh
RICHARDSON, Texas -- It was their finest hour of their first season. And there are still two huge tests to prepare them for the finals.
The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s cross country team defeated a seven team field at the University of Dallas Invitational on Saturday morning. The first place finish was impressive among a host of experienced clubs.
SAGU’s women’s team came in fourth against six college teams. It was their best effort of their young, inaugural season to date.
The Lions’ finished the 6K meet with 33 points, which was 25 points better than the University of Texas at Tyler (58). The University of Dallas took third, followed by Texas Wesleyan University.
The University of Texas at Dallas harriers finished fifth, with Jarvis Christian College and Arlington Baptist College rounding out the competition.
Each team’s top five runners to finish were given points by their place in the field.
The Purple Pride had individuals come in second, fourth, fifth, seventh and 15th.
Jose Campos (Luling, Tx / Luling HS) was the second runner to cross the line, doing so in 19:54. He has been SAGU’s first in every meet so far.
B.J. Hillhouse (Brookshire, Tx / Royal HS) was fourth overall, just six seconds after Campos.
Brad Beimer (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS) came in fifth at 20:12.
When Juan Rubio (Rockdale, Tx / Rockdale HS) breezed past the line at 20:44, four of the top seven finishers wore purple and gold!
Christian Yglecias (Cameron, Tx / C.H. Yoe HS) came in 15th (21:47). Luke Flattery (Springfield, Mo / Central HS) hit the tape in 20th (22:17).
A total of 47 men entered and SAGU blazed the course in the briefest of times.
The short course is known as a “No PR” layout. A tougher than normal layout meant that racers were unlikely to set “personal records” due to the strong-features lining the track. The invitational was a 6K, shorter than the normal 8K, but more than plenty in the rugged category.
Head Coach Jason Covarrubias has entered both SAGU teams in next weekend’s (October 26) NAIA Mid-States Classic in Winfield, Kansas.
Over 30 men’s teams competed in the event a year ago, including eight from the Sooner Athletic Conference.
It will be a great tune-up for the SAC meet on November 9 in Shawnee, Oklahoma.
SAGU has already qualified for the National Christian College Athletic Association Nationals, with a collaboration of members primairly from the NAIA and the NCAA's Division 2 and 3.
It will be held near Dayton, Ohio on November 16.