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Tiger long distance man strides to state meet

Rockdale junior Juan Rubio earned a trip to the state cross country meet by placing second in regionals. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Rockdale junior Juan Rubio earned a trip to the state cross country meet by placing second in regionals. Reporter/Bill Martin HUMBLE—A quarter of a minute may not seem like a lot of time, but when you’re dealing with cross country, it can mean the difference between continuing to race or coming to a conclusion.

Rockdale’s Juan Rubio shaved 15 seconds off his 2010 time and earned the right to keep running as he qualified for the state cross country meet by finishing second at the Class 3A, Region III meet at Humble Atascocita High School Saturday.

The state meet will be held at Old Settler’s Park in Round Rock with the 3A boys running at 1:40 pm on Saturday, Nov 12.

Rubio, fresh off his second consecutive district championship, becomes the first Rockdale athlete to make the state meet since Rozalyn Dixon in 2000.

As a team, the Tigers finished 17th out of 28 teams as Lufkin Hudson easily ran away with the team title with five runners in the top 19, while Giddings was third.

The junior clocked in at 16:36.4 to claim runnerup honors out of 171 participants.

Pollack Central junior Scotty Sprinkle took the race with a time of 16:25.

At last year’s regional meet, Rubio finished 16th with a time of 16:51.7.

Rubio jumped out fast with the leader of the pack and never relinquished.

He surged the final 100 meters to make sure no one would catch him, but he had second place locked up.

“We are very excited for Juan and the cross country team,” said Rockdale Coach Liz McQuitter. “Juan ran a phenomenal race from beginning to end.”

Other Rockdale finishers include Francisco Romo (81st-18: 59.2), Benito Costillo (104th-19:32.8), John Rivers (138th-20:27.1), Cale Garza (149th-21:05.3) and Stefan Hinojosa (159th-21.46.4).

“ Hinojosa ran injured and really showed toughness by finishing the race,” McQuitter said. “John Rivers (freshman) and Cale Garza (sophomore) got valuable experience for next season.

“We say goodbye to Francisco Romo (lone senior) who ran well, but was way off of his best times this year.

Benito Costilla ramped up after the second mile, but was able to catch up and pass 10 runners before the race ended.


What— Class 3A State Cross Country Meet When—Saturday, Nov. 12. Rockdale’s Juan Rubio runs at 1:40. Where—Old Settler’s Park, Round Rock (off Highway 79). Participants—108 runners from 32 schools. Defending team champion— Lucas Lovejoy. Top returning finisher— Jef f Weishert of Venus (3rd in 2010).

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