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Waxahachie, Texas- May 13, 2016- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) junior Destiny Garza is the National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA) 2016 10k National Champion.  Garza set a personal record of 37:06 and finished first out of a field of 18 from across the nation.

“I am completely amazed with Destiny,” exclaims head coach Jason Covarrubias, “Being able to recall where she started three years ago and now she is the NCCAA 10k National Champion.  They just don’t pass those out.  The crazy thing is that she still has so much more in the tank.”

This is only the second year for Garza to run the 10k.  Last year she finished second at the NCCAA 10k event.  According to Garza, nobody is more shocked than her, “When I look back I laugh at the time coach told me last year that I was going to run the 10k.  I thought he was crazy.  But coming in second last year helped with buying into what he was thinking.  Coach always says, ‘work still works’ and this if just the result.”

SAGU’s Jerry Nava also qualified to compete at the national meet.  Nava finished 16th place in the 10k with a time of 33:35.  This year was Nava’s first time to compete at the National Track and Field meet.

On Saturday, May 13, 2016, Nava will run the 5K at 3:50pm.  Garza will compete in the 5K at 3:25pm.  Garza is coming into the meet with the 11th fastest time of 18:07.81. All times are in Eastern Standard Time.

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.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, ntristan@sagu.edu
  
 
 
 

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