The Rockdale Repeater
COOKS POINT—Coming off a banner year in 2011, Juan Rubio is embarking on a quest for a little deja vu.
Rubio claimed his third straight district crown at the 18-3A cross country meet, hosted by Caldwell last Wednesday.
The Class 3A Region III meet is scheduled for this Saturday, Nov. 3 at Humble Atascosita High School.
The senior clocked in at 17 minutes, 50:69 seconds, slower than his winning time of 16:29 last year.
He easily staved off College Station’s Logan Meyer who finished in 17:56:06.
Surprisingly, it was Rubio’s first, first place finish of the season.
“Juan has been behind his best times this year, but seems to be peaking at just the right time,” said Rockdale cross country coach Liz McQuitter. “He ran a great race strategy at the district meet in Caldwell.
“As he looks forward to the regional competition, he is pushing hard this week in hopes of making a second trip to the state meet.”
Rubio qualified for the state cross country meet for the first time in 2011 after finishing second at regionals.
Rubio also qualified for the state track meet in the 3,200-meter run.
In its first year of existence, College Station won three of four titles, sweeping the team championships with Kelsie Warren winning the girls individual crown.
Warren was one of seven Lady Cougars in the top nine spots as College Station scored 19 points to beat Taylor, Caldwell, Navaso- ta, Madisonville and Rockdale for the school’s second district championship, following volleyball.
The Cougars easily won the boys team title with 20 points to second-place Taylor’s 53.
Rockdale was not eligible for the team title because the Tigers did not have enough runners.
Tiger teammate Benito Costillo followed Rubio in 13th place at 19:10.94 after qualifying for the regional meet last year.
On the junior varsity level, Breanna Zamaroa was 25th (16:12.82), Emily Ibarra 26th (16:15.47 and Rosa Sanches 30th (17:12.37).