Women's Cross Country qualifies for Nationals
Lady Lions show well at OBU Invitational
Senior Elizabeth Munoz is SAGU's top finisher
SHAWNEE, Oklahoma -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University women’s Cross Country team not only competed with a full team minimum of six at Saturday’s meet. The squad also qualified for the NCCAA Nationals.
They finished eighth in the nine team field at the Oklahoma Baptist Invitational, whose course was on the grounds of the Gordon Cooper Technology Center.
The Lady Lions combined team time of 119:50 beat the required time by thirty-nine seconds.
November 16th is the date for the National Christian College Athletic Association’s 40th National Championship. It will be held near Dayton, Ohio.
The NCCAA is a mix 100+ schools, mostly comprised of the NAIA and both the NCAA Divisions II and III.
SAGU’s top finisher was Elizabeth Munoz (Granbury, Tx / Granbury HS). The senior had a time of 21:52, good enough for 50th.
In 52nd was Destiny Garza (Aldine, Tx / MacArthur HS) (22:07).
Next for SAGU was Kristen Herrington (Lufkin, Tx / Hudson HS) (23:38), Julie Alvarez (Carrollton, Tx / Creekview HS) (25:45), Emily Ball (Macdoel, Cal / Butte Valley HS) (25:49) and Abigail Hartman (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) (30:40).
Herrington was SAGU’s top female in their most recent meet.
Only runners in the Top 75 could qualify for points.
Oklahoma City University won the OBU Invitational on Saturday. Five of their runners finished in the top 12.
The next two teams are from the NCAA Division II. Rogers State University (Ok) took second while the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith came in third.
Oklahoma Baptist was fourth, while East Central University (Ok) finished fifth. ECU is in Division III of the NCAA.
St. Gregory’s University of the Sooner Athletic Conference was sixth; while the time turned in by Cowley College (Ks) (NJCAA*) was a minute quicker than SAGU. In ninth was the University of Science & Arts of Oklahoma, another SAC member.
Link to individual performances and team totals: http://www.obubison.com/stats/2013-14/xc/w-OBUInv.htm
Lady Lions to run in Irving next Saturday
The team is entered in competitions the next two weekends.
On Saturday, October 19, they are in the field at the University of Dallas Invitational in Irving Texas (38 miles from Waxahachie).
Then, on October 16 in Winfield, Kansas, they are in the NAIA’s Mid-States Classic.
In his first year as Head Coach, Jason Covarrubias has already had the men’s XC team qualify for the NCCAA Nationals. Add the Lady Lions to list who are bound for Dayton.
*NJCAA - National Junior College Athletic Association