Lady Lion harriers take fourth at U-of-Dallas
SAGU places three runners in the Top 10
Herrington, Garza and Munoz lead the purple and gold
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 women’s cross country team competed well, placing fourth in a six team field at the University of Dallas Invitational on Saturday morning. The first year team continues to turn in solid times in events against experienced clubs.
It was their best effort of their young, inaugural season to date.
Each team’s top five runners to finish were given points by their place in the field.
The Lady Lions sudden showing came one week after qualifying for the NCCAA Nationals.
Their top three racers all placed in the Top 10; Kristen Herrington (Lufkin, Tx / Hudson HS), Destiny Garza (Aldine, Tx / MacArthur HS) and senior Elizabeth Munoz (Granbury, Tx / Granbury HS) crossed in a cluster in seventh, eighth and ninth with times of 17:20, 17:28 and 17:29.
Emily Ball (Macdoel, Cal / Butte Valley HS) was 39th (20:56), Julie Alvarez (Carrollton, Tx / Creekview HS) ended in 45th (21:54), just ahead of Abigail Hartman (Red Oak, Tx / Red Oak HS) (22:31).
Fifty-five women competed in the 4K meet.
The event host, the University of Dallas, almost swept the field. The Crusaders' five placing harriers finished in first, third, fourth, fifth and sixth for 19 points.
The University of Texas at Tyler were a distant second with 60 points. The Patriots placed second, 13th, 14th 15th and 16th.
UT-Dallas netted 86 points for third, just ahead of SAGU at fourth with 90.
Team Purp was the only other team in the race placing three runners in the Top 10.
Austin College took fifth with 130 while Jarvis Christian College rounded out the field with 177 points.
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.
Head Coach Jason Covarrubias has entered both SAGU teams; men and women, in next weekend’s (October 26) NAIA Mid-States Classic in Winfield, Kansas. It's a 375 mile trek from Waxahachie, Tx.
Over 30 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.