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Houghton, New York- November 15, 2015- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the 2015 National Christian College Athletics Association (NCCAA) Cross Country Championships .  The men finished in 10 th place and the women finished in 15 th place.

Head coach Jason Covarrubias is proud of the way his team has accomplished goals set in the beginning of the season, “I am so proud of these kids.  During the “Mountaintop Experience” in Alpine, Texas we (they) set season goals. The men wanted to finish Top 10 at the NCCAA National Championships and the women wanted to finish Top 15. That is what they did finishing in 10th and 15 th .”

In the 8K the men placed 10 th out of 18 teams with an average time of 27:28. Jerry Nava led the Lions, finishing 26 th out of 135 runners, coming in at 26:25.  Closely behind Nava was Walker Loyd , who came in 34 th place at 26:42.  In 57 th place, Gabriel Price finished 27:22, Adrian Cedillo was 85 th , Brad Beimler was 105 th and Eric Jones finished 129 th .

The women competed in a 5K and finished 15 th out of 21 teams.  In addition to the team placements, SAGU junior Destiny Garza finished in 7 th place overall out of 142 runners.  Garza finished in 18:12, earning her an NCCAA All-American spot.  Freshman Genny McCullough finished 64 th at 20:51, Kelly Cook came in 86 th at 21:27.  In 108 th was Markia Sanders at 22:16 and Julie Alvarez finished at 26:39.

“Destiny Garza has solidified herself as an elite college runner with her 7th place finish,” says Covarrubias, “Next week she will be representing more than just herself at the NAIA National Championship. She will be running for her team, her family, and all of SAGU!  We are in good hands.”

Garza will be competing at the NAIA National Cross Country Championshi p on Saturday, November 21, 2015.  The meet will be held in Charlotte, North Carolina .

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 or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.

Contact: Natalie Tristan, SAGU SID, [email protected]

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