WINFIELD, Kansas — The Southwestern Assemblies of God men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in a stacked field at the NAIA Mid-States Classic meet hosted by Southwestern College. The Lions placed 8th and the Women placed 16th-overall as a team during the race held Saturday, Oct. 21.
In the men’s 8,000-meter race, the Lions had a great overall showing led by junior Adrian Cedillo with a time of 26:50. Cedillo was followed by redshirt freshman Robert Herrera (27:11), sophomore Cody Walker (27:24), and seniors Jerry Nava (27:33) and Jose Campos (28:20).
“There is one meet a year that I love to go to and that is the NAIA Mid-States Classic in Winfield, Kansas," said SAGU head cross country coach Jason Covarrubias. "The meet is filled heavy with national competition and is a great tune-up for conference in two weeks. As for our men, they really showed heart today. Campos, who went down earlier this season, has fought his way back into shape and ran an impressive race. We are still working through some kinks that come along with good training and that hurt us a bit today. They had a shot to jump back into the rankings, but those two factors limited us a bit, but all in all, I am impressed with them."
In the women’s 5,000-meter race, the Lady Lions performed their best overall average this season. The women were led by senior Fille (Fifi) Kinyamahanga who finished with a time of 22:06. Kinyamahanga was followed by sophomore Caitlin Cruz (23:26), freshman Destiny Barclift (23:56), freshman Abby Lopez (24:30), and junior Kaitlyn Canales (25:13).
Covarrubias said, “The women, on the other hand, had another purpose for this race. They are still in search of an NCCAA National Championship berth. Unfortunately, they came up short today but have been working so hard all season for the opportunity. They are close, real close. The women knocked nearly four minutes off the deficit they had from their last race. I am really proud of them!”
The Lions and Lady Lions will next toe the line at the Sooner Athletic Conference meet in Shawnee, Oklahoma on Nov. 4.