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SAGU Cross Country team begins to materialize

Coach Jason Covarrubias seeks experienced runners

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  In the perfect sport to hit the ground running, Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s Jason Covarrubias, the Head Coach of both the Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams, quickly signed three incoming members for the men’s squad.

The newest sport in SAGU’s expanding athletic community, has now signed their first-ever member to the Lady Lions team.

Coach Covarrubias is pleased to announce that Destiny Garza, a graduate of Houston’s MacArthur High School, where she was named the MVP for the Generals team last fall. She was previously named the Generals' captain.

MacArthur is located in East Aldine (pop. about 10,000), which is just north of Houston.

MacArthur won their Class 5A district championship and also advanced to qualify for the Region 3 meet. The team prepared for tough competition by participating in the Midwest Invitational in Wisconsin.

While competing for Head Coach Kelly Silha and Assistant Coach Xang Chareunsab, Garza turned in impressive bests in three distance runs.

She did a 20:26 in the 5K, a 5:41 in the Mile and a solid 12:38 in the Two Mile.

“Destiny Garza is the first women’s Cross Country signing in our developing history,” said Coach Covarrubias. “We are thrilled to have Destiny on our team.”

“She brings plenty of leadership and experience,” he added. “That will prove beneficial to our young squad.”

“Her high school coaches couldn’t speak an ill word against Destiny. One stated that, “You better be ready for early mornings because she has been the first one to school, ready to run at 5:30am.” She did that for four years and often beat the coaches to practice! She will keep me on my toes!”

Garza chose SAGU over Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio), who finished second last year in the Red River Athletic Conference.

The Lady Lions all-terrain runners will vie against 10 other teams in the Sooner Athletic Conference this fall.

“We expect to see some amazing things from this young lady (Garza) in the years to come,” Covarrubias (KO-vah-ROO-bee-us) said. “Destiny’s dedication and love towards the sport will help propel us towards the top of the Sooner Conference!”

She was born in Houston to parents Robert Garza and mother Melody Dominguez. Her family includes siblings Deseray (21) and Leslie (19).

Destiny may be undecided about her major, but counts her faith as important and unwavering. Regular church attendance is a value.

SAGU is scheduled to race in four events this fall; two in September and two in October. The Lady Lions are entered in the Sooner Conference meet in Shawnee, Oklahoma in November.

Should they advance beyond the SAC tournament, they have two national venues as destinations.

Covarrubias is at work seeking to build the 2013 team roster.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.


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