Rubio runs to cross country crown


Junior Juan Rubio captured his second consecutive district cross country championship at Giddings and will now focus on the regional meet in Humble on Saturday. 
Reporter/Mike Brown Junior Juan Rubio captured his second consecutive district cross country championship at Giddings and will now focus on the regional meet in Humble on Saturday. Reporter/Mike Brown GIDDINGS—Throughout the cross country season, Juan Rubio has been stacking up first place finishes.

So when the Rockdale added a district championship to the pile, it was no surprise.

Rubio captured his second straight DistrIct 23-3A title by racing to a 16:29 clocking.

Benito Costillo also qualified for regionals by placing ninth with a time of 17:51 after finishing 10th last season.

As a team, the Tigers finished third behind defending champion Giddings.

The regional meet will be held at Humble Atascocita High School on Saturday, Nov. 5.

“Juan was very confident as we entered district,” said Rockdale coach Liz Galloway-McQuitter. “We had run against Navasota, Giddings and Smithville at earlier meets so he knew the competition.

“He is very focused and ran a very good race. Juan has his own strategy when running. What I have tried to do is incorporate different scenarios with him and all of the runners.

“Every race is different and requires dif ferent strategies depending on the competition. I think he sees that and adjusts when he needs to.”

Other competitors included Francisco Romo (13th-18:31), John Rivers (18th-19:43), Cale Garza (19th-19:43) and Stefan Hinojosa (29-22:06).

Rubio, Costillo and Romo were named first team all-district.

The girls were represented by Suzi Arvizu who finished 19th with a time of 14:24.

Tina Contreras was 29th for the junior varsity.

Junior high results included:

Boys 4th— Blake King; 7th – Josh Skrhak; 25th–Brody Debault.

Girls 11th–Breanna Zamora; 15th–Mia Arnold.


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