Cross Country News

Houghton, New York- November 16, 2014- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) cross country team competed in the2014 National Christian Colleges Athletics Association (NCCAA) Cross Country Championships.  Seven members of the men’s team competed in the 8k, while two members of the women ran the 5k race.  Despite the frigid temperatures and snowy course, SAGU finished better than anticipated. 

Head Coach Jason Covarrubias is thrilled for this second year program, “We improved as a program today!  The future is bright for the SAGUXC program.”

SAGU’s sophomore Destiny Garza finished 30th in the nation with a time of 19:42.3.  Garza ran at a 6:21 pace per mile.  Despite battling an injury, freshman Kelly Cook finished at 21:34.2, coming in 88th out of 117 athletes. 

 “Destiny finished in the top 30 in the nation!  She is only a sophomore and now has some skins on the wall for next season.  I’m looking forward to seeing more from Destiny,” says Covarrubias, “Kelly fought injury and an illness this week but she ran her heart out.”

The men’s team qualified to run at the national meet.   The team finished 15th out of 19 teams. Sophomore Jose Gutierrez led the men’s team, coming in 44th place at 26:52.7.  Gutierrez kept a 5:25 pace per mile.  Freshman Gabriel Price finished 54th at 27:04.8.  Freshman Gerardo Nava finished at 28:00.1 in 84th. Sophomore Brad Beimler came in 86th at 28:11.4, sophomore Jose Campos finished at 29:52.8, and freshman Eric Jones came in at 31:48.0. 

“The men, Finished better than what it said we would on paper.  15th place as a team is great.  I guess that would be why you run the race,” says Covarrubias. 

Southwestern Assemblies of God University 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.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

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