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It’s Destiny: SAGU wins first national title

By Mark Warde

Destiny Garza, distance runner for Waxahachie’s Southwestern Assemblies of God University captured the school’s first-ever national championship in athletics when she took first place in the marathon at the NAIA Outdoor Track & Field National Championship over the weekend at Gulf Shores, Ala.

A junior from Aldine, Texas, the former MacArthur High School “General” turned in a winning time of 3:03:31.

Also qualifying for nationals was Jerry Nava, a junior from Euless, and Trinity HS. He also competed in the marathon and finished 14th with a time of 2:50:09.

“I’m just so proud of both of them,” says Coach Jason Covarrubias, “Their longest run ever was 18 miles and that was on Monday.  I was nervous because I thought I had under-trained them because of the 10k and 5k two weeks ago at the NCCAA.”

Under training proved to be of no concern for both Garza and Nava.  For much of the race, Garza was neck and neck with Michaela Werner from Oklahoma City University.   At mile 16, Garza was 1:30 ahead of the number three runner.  In the end, the second place finisher came across seven minutes behind Garza.

The heat and humidity forced many runners to drop out.  However, the weather worked perfectly in Garza’s favor.  Being from Houston, many of her training runs were hot and humid.

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