Rubio continues his run at SAGU
The Tiger senior signed a letter of-intent to run for the school Monday afternoon and becomes a part of the school’s first cross country team.
SAGU is an NAIA school located in Waxahachie that is a member of the Sooner Athletic Conference and has an enrollment of approximately 1,700. It sponsors nine varsity sports, including football.
The Lions basketball squad recently played in the NAIA national championship game.
Rubio is one of Rockdale’s most decorated long distance runners, having made appearances at both the state track and cross country meets.
Rubio earned a trip to both in 2012.
Coach Jason Covarrubias is in his first year at SAGU.
“Originally I noticed Juan because of the times he had recorded in both cross country and track,” Covarrubias said. “I was able to see him run the 1,600 meters at the regional track meet. He has so much upside and I believe that Juan has tapped into his true potential.”
“He has recruited Juan very hard,” said Rockdale Cross Country Coach Liz Galloway-Mc- Quitter. “He really wanted him. Sounds like a good coach and a good person who cares about the kids.”
Along with cross country, SAGU will also be starting outdoor track this spring with the focus on mainly distance races (800 meters and up), which will give the cross country team the opportunity to compete year round.