Hillhouse joins SAGU harriers
Men's Cross Country adds fifth recruit
Brookshire Royal H.S. product is accomplished runner
WAXAHACHIE, Texas -- Southwestern Assemblies of God University’s first-ever men’s cross country team is growing like the summer grass.
New Head Coach Jason Covarrubias secured a well-accomplished, veteran runner in Bradley Junior “B.J.” Hillhouse.
He is a graduate of Class 3A Royal High School in Brookshire, Texas (pop. 4,702), just 34 miles west of downtown Houston.
Hillhouse was a dual member of both the cross country and track teams for the Royal Falcons. His XC Coach was Adrian Rocha, while Robert Weber coached the track squad.
The Cross Country team won their district championship during all four years he suited up for the royal blue and red clad Falcons.
His track & field team was once the regional champs during his tenure.
“We are so fortunate to find a runner like “B.J.” still available so late in the recruiting game,” observed SAGU’s Covarrubias.
“He had been debating between a few Texas schools, including our soon-to-be Sooner Athletic Conference rival, Wayland Baptist (University).”
“It only to took two phone conversations and a lot of prayer and he was completely sold on being a part of the first cross country team in SAGU history,” stated Covarrubias.
B.J. raked in the medallions and honors while at Royal.
He qualified for state all four years and was named All-State the last three seasons. Twice he was selected as the MVP for both the Falcons XC and track teams.
Hillhouse is the school’s record holder in the 1600 (4:32) and the 3200 meters (9:56) as well as the 3 Mile run (15:20). His best in the 5K, the distance in most college cross country meets, is 16:13.
Brookshire is a small town with 4,702 residents. But it is growing rapidly and making a name for itself. Just like Hillhouse!
It has added a few nationally recognized corporations who have chosen its location along the Interstate 10 Energy Corridor and its country living as a place to call home. Igloo built a cooler factory there while Rooms To Go recently constructed a distribution center.
Hillhouse looks to major in Education at SAGU. He is one of five children to John and My-Isha Hillhouse-Lasker. Born in Katy (KAY-tee), His siblings are Jaylynn (15), Nolan (11), Ivory (6) and Allison (5).
He has been involved in the life of his church through the years, including serving on special Sundays, participating in Communion and as a fun-day helper for grandmothers.
SAGU harriers will report to pre-season camp in August before their first meet of the season on September 7. The event will take place 180 miles away in Abilene at McMurry University (NCAA D2).
The team is entered in four meets this fall, two in September and two in October.
Post-season tournaments include the Sooner Conference meet and the National Christian College Athletic Association’s DI nationals near Dayton, Ohio in November.
The current recruiting class includes five members, list alphabetically;
Brad Beimler (Waxahachie, Tx / Waxahachie HS)
Jose L. Campos, Jr. (Luling, Tx / Luling HS)
Bradley Junior “B.J.” Hillhouse (Brookshire, Tx / Royal HS)
Juan Rubio (Rockdale, Tx / Rockdale HS)
Christian Yglecias (Cameron, Tx / C.H. Yoe HS)
Covarrubias is also coaches the Women’s Cross Country team at SAGU. Both squads are still recruiting as well as considering walk-ons for the inaugural season.