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Waxahachie, Texas- March 30, 2016- Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) track and field athlete, Destiny Garza, was named as the National Christian College Athletics Association’s (NCCAA) women’s track athlete of the week.  This is the first time Garza has received the national honor for track.

Garza, a junior from Houston, Texas, competed at the Victor Lopez Classic hosted by Rice University.  This was Garza’s first 10k since finishing second at the 2015 NCCAA National Outdoor Track & Field Championship nearly a year before.  At the national championship Garza set the school record of 37:49.7.  At the Victory Lopez Classic over the weekend, Garza placed first overall with a time of 37:12.33.  She beat the second place finisher by 26 seconds.  With her time she qualified for both the 2016 NCCAA and NAIA National Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

“We are so proud of Destiny.  There is a lot you can say about a kid who is determined to better herself every day, but I can put it all in a one-liner ‘Work still works’,” says track & field coach Jason Covarrubias.

In November of 2015, Garza finished 31st place at the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Cross Country National Championship.  Just one week earlier at the NCCAA Cross Country Championships Garza finished in seventh place overall.

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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