Running Lions sign Juan Rubio
Covarrubias adds new Cross Country recruit
Rockdale HS graduate excels at 1600 and 3200 meters
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- The Southwestern Assemblies of God University men’s Cross Country team, which begins their first season this fall, has added their fourth recruit in Juan Rubio.
Born in Austin, Texas (842,592) the nation’s second largest capital city (Phoenix, Az largest), Rubio ran both cross country and was a middle-distance runner for track at Rockdale High School.
His coaches at Class 3A Rockdale, were Liz McQuitter (XC) and Charlie Hall (track). Rockdale (5,572 pop) is 60 miles northeast of Austin.
Rubio (ROO-bee-oh) amassed a wheelbarrow full of awards and honors during his four years as a member of the Tigers.
He garnered All-District honors four times and was the District Champion for three years. He collected three All-Region trophies, was a regional runner-up once, a four-time regional qualifier and qualified for the state meet two times.
While sporting the royal blue and gold colors of Rockdale HS, he was equally impressive in track. His specialties were the 1600 meters (four laps around the track) and the 3200 meters, colloquially called the "two-mile."
He was ranked the #1 freshman in Class 3A in both events. He won the district champion in the 1600 and was a four-year regional qualifier in the 1600.
In the 3200 meters (eight laps around a 400 meter track), he won the district crown three times, was the area champ once, made the regional event all four years and qualified for the state 3200 on one occasion.
The distance Rubio and his Runnin’ Lions will be running in college XC meets will be the 8K (4.8 to 5.0 miles).
During his prep years he also ran for club track teams; the Flying Dragons (Coach Doug) and the Visions Track Club (Coach Price).
“I began communications with Juan during the fall of his senior year,” explained SAGU’s first year Head Coach Jason Covarrubias. “His times and high school accomplishments helped me target him early.”
“I was able to drive to Humble (Texas) and see Juan run in the 3200m at the UIL 3A Region III Meet,” he continued. “He finished in 3rd place, one place short of advancing to the Texas State 3A Meet.”
“After the race, Juan never had his head down. I figured he would have been disappointed for various reasons. But all he said was “Well at least I set a new PR (personal record)!” I knew then I had to close the deal!”
“Juan will play a vital role in our first year,” stated Coach Covarrubias. “I believe he will help lead us into the future at both the SAC and NCCAA National Meet!”
“Like I told the Rockdale Newspaper the day we signed Juan, “We have not seen the best of Juan Rubio!”
Juan’s parents are Juan Rubio, Jr. and Mary Alice Soliz. His siblings are Sierra (22),
Melissa (21), Jon Isaac (18), Janae (14) and Rikki (12).
Juan intends to major in Business at SAGU.
In recent years he has helped with the homeless and those with special needs.
About SAGU Men's Cross Country
Rubio joins Brad Beimler (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS), Christian Yglecias (Cameron, Tx / C.H. Yoe HS) and Jose Campos (Luling, Tx / Luling HS), who have all signed with SAGU.
The Lions begin their season with two meets in September – both in Texas, with two more in October – in Kansas and Oklahoma.
The Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC), in November, will be held in Shawnee, Ok. The National Christian College Athletic Association national meet is set for November 23 in Cedarville (Dayton), Ohio.
Covarrubias also coaches the Women’s Cross Country team, and is currently recruiting new members for their inaugural season.
Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at
or at 469-658-2847.