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Women's Cross Country - Fri, Aug. 10, 2012

aster, Calif., has signed a national letter of intent to run cross country at Point University beginning fall 2012. Gonzalez, who ran at competitive Antelope Valley College, was consistently a top runner and scorer both of her years running for the Marauders.

While at AVC, Gonzalez was fortunate to run for legendary coach Mark Covert, who currently has the longest running streak in the world where he has ran every single day since July 23rd, 1968.  In 2011, Gonzalez posted times of 19:24 at the California State Championships, 19:14 at the Southern California Championships, 19:12 at the Orange Coast meet and 19:49 at the Southern California Preview. With her dedication, work ethic and Coach Covert's guidance, Paola dropped her times by nearly one minute from her freshman year to her sophomore year.

"I was really happy when Coach Covert put me in contact with Paola, who has impressed me since day one," stated cross country head coach, Michael Caldwell. "She is very focused to do her absolute best in academics and athletics and I know she will have success both at Point and after she completes her degree. With the work Paola is putting in this summer, I believe she has the opportunity to be one of the better runners in our conference for the next two years."  

Paola commented on the reason she chose Point and her upcoming goals for this fall, "I chose Point, even though it is a bit far from California, because I thought it would be a great opportunity and a wonderful experience. Point is giving me another shot at doing what I love, running, as well as continuing my education. I hope to be able to achieve my fullest potential as a student and runner while contributing to my team."

"I am happy to hear that Paola will becoming a part of the Point University Cross Country team this fall," commented Gonzalez's former coach, Mark Covert. "For the past 2 years Paola has done a great job for us both in the classroom and while running cross country but more than that she has been a great person to have on our team, a leader in every way and we will miss her here at Antelope Valley College."