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SAGU's Covarrubias adds second recruit

Goal of team: be "Running Billboards for Christ"

WAXAHACHIE, Texas  --  Jason Covarrubias, the new Head Coach of the Men’s Cross Country team at Southwestern Assemblies of God University, wasted little time in signing his second recruit in a week.

The newest addition is Christian Yglecias, a 5’8 graduate of C.H. Yoe High School in Cameron, Texas, fifty miles south of Waco. There, he ran for both the Class 2A Yoemen cross country and track teams.

He earned a reputation as a solid competitor and leader, and has the results to prove it.

While donning the Maroon and Gray for Head Coach Dale Keen at Yoe, he was a three-time regional qualifier, which resulted in both All-District and All-Region honors.

The team won their district twice and advanced to the regionals thrice. Once they were the runner-up in the district.

Yglecias competed in two half marathons, a 5K in cross country, ran the 1,600 meter in track as well as the 800 meter.

Even with proven success on his resume, it was what Coach Covarrubias saw in person that led to his being signed to attend SAGU.

“Christian came out recently for an official visit and just by watching him run knew this kid was special,” Covarrubias said. “He is not very tall but his legs are unbelievably long for his size and Christian knows how to use every inch of them in his stride.”

“He’s had years of training under his belt,” he continued. “Yet besides running, Christian is kind hearted and a very respectable, God-fearing young man!”

“I have little doubt he will be a great fit for SAGU.”

Born in nearby Temple, Texas to parents Avelardo and Loreta Yglecias, he also has sister, Rosemary (31).

He plans to major in Education at SAGU.

His faith and church involvement have been strong expressions in Yglecias’ life.

“I believe he will help us in what we’re trying to accomplish with our Cross Country team,” said Covarrubias. “We want to be running billboards for Christ.”

The Lions begin their inaugural campaign this fall. They will participate in four meets, the first two in Texas on September 7 and 21, before post-season tournaments.

Following the Sooner Athletic Conference tournament in November in Shawnee, Oklahoma, the team hopes to compete on a larger stage, either the NAIA or the NCCAA national meets.

Contact: Mark “Link” Warde, SAGU Sports Information Director, at or at 469-658-2847.

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