he SAGU men’s and women’s track teams finished their second season in school history on Saturday at the East Texas Invitational hosted by New Summerfield High School.
The Lions were led by freshman Gabriel Price, who placed fourth in the 1500m with a time of 4:14:89. Price beat his own school record by two seconds. Sophomore team captain Jose Campos set a personal record with the time of 4:17:25. Sophomore Jerry Nava finished ninth with the time of 4:25 and freshman Luke Flattery came in shortly behind Nava in 11th place.
Sophomore Cameron Solomon was the closest to qualifying for the NCCAA National Outdoor Championships but came up six tenths of a second short. He placed 13th in the 100m with a new school record and personal best of 10:31. Ben Alvarez also set a season best in the 100 with the time of 10:51. The men’s six man roster finished with 9 points and in 9th place in the team rankings.
Sophomore Destiny Garza once again led the women’s team. Previously this season, Garza had qualified for the NCCAA National Outdoor Championships (end of April) in the 10,000m and the 5,000m. She was hoping to hit the qualifying standard of 5:02 in the 1500m for the trifecta. Unfortunately, Garza finished in third place with a time of 5:11, just nine seconds shy of the National qualifying time. Garza got a first place finish in the 5,000m, finishing at 18:44. She recorded the fastest time in school history.
Sophomore Cesia Garcia also competed in the 5,000m run and set a season best of 23:45, finishing in 15th place. The three team roster finished with 16 points and in seventh place overall.
Head coach Jason Covarrubias gave a lot of credit to the Lions and Lady Lions track teams for all the work they have put in this season, he said.
“Hats off to the entire team this year, many of them were placed into new events and held their own,” Covarrubias said. “They trained relentlessly. This season was a huge step for what we are trying to build here at SAGU. I am proud of each and every one of them, they represented Jesus, our university, their family, and themselves well.”
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.