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Cross Country News

Summerfield, Texas- September 20, 2014- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) cross country team participated in their second meet of the season at the East Texas Invitational hosted by New Summerfield ISD.  The men took care of business early in the season and already qualified for the National Christian Colleges Athletic Association’s (NCCAA) national meet.  

GabrielPriceFreshman Gabriel Price led the Lions with a time of 27:40:2The men participated in their first 8000m race.  Freshman Gabriel Price led the Lions coming in 7th  followed by Brad Beimler and newcomer and former SAGU soccer player Gerardo Nava.  Captain Jose Campos and transfer Mylik Butcher rounded out SAGU’s top 5. 

In order to qualify for the NCCAA national tournament the top five scores must beat 147:58.  The Lions top five sealed the national tournament by turning in a time of 147:11. 

Coach Jason Covarrubias is thrilled about his trip back to the national meet, “These kids believe that hard work works and they proved it today.  I’m extremely happy that we got this monkey off our back early in the season and now all we have to do is focus on shedding time!” 

The women didn’t have enough to qualify for nationals but the ones that did compete finished strong.  Captain Destiny Garza led the Lions and set a personal record and broke the school record with the time of 20:27.  She was followed by freshman standout Kelly Cook and Cesia Garcia. 

The NCCAA National Championship is scheduled for November 15, 2014 at Houghton, NY.  In the first meet of the season Kelly Cook and Destiny Garza both qualified for the NCCAA national meet. 

Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927 and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.eduor by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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