NMSU Cross Country BIO
 Jonah Ruybalid

2011 (Junior): Ruybalid was named to both the All-Academic team and 1st-Team All-Conference for the Western Athletic Conference in 2011.  Ruybalid had a spectacular season for NM State in 2011; finishing first for NM State in six of the seven events he participated in.  Ruybalid posted his best time in the 8K at the Oklahoma State Cowboy Jamboree (Oct. 1) when he finished first for NM State and 49th overall with a time of 25:06.31.  Ruybalid's best overall finish came at the Kachina Classic (Sept. 17) when he finished first for NM State and second overall.  Ruybalid also finished first for NM State and fifth overall at the Lobo Invitational (Sept. 3) with a time of 25:21.8.  Ruybalid finished first for NM State at the Pre-Nationals (Oct. 16) as well, posting a time of 25:27.  In the Western Athletic Conference Championships, Ruybalid finished first for NM State and sixth overall with a time of 25:49.1.  Ruybalid concluded his season at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships by finishing second for NM State and 45th overall with a time of 31:51.3 in the 10K.

2010 (Sophomore): Ruybalid was one of the Aggies top runners during the 2010 season. Ruybalid finished 15th at the WAC Championships with a time of 25:30, which was one spot off from making second team All-WAC. Ruybalid also had solid finishes at the Kachina Classic (Sep. 18) and the Lobo Invitational (Sep. 4), where he finished 11th in 25:50.3 and 23rd in 25:57.1 respectively. Ruybalid competed in six of the Aggies seven meets.

2009 (Freshman): Ruybalid scored points for the Aggies in each of the seven events he competed in during the 2009 season. He placed 16th at the 2009 edition of the WAC Championships with a time of 27:10.5 and helped the team to fourth overall. That is a two spot improvement from the previous championship. His best time of the season was 21:39.5 at the Lori Fitzgerald Invitational (9/10) in Santa Teresa, N.M., where he placed 11th overall. He helped the Aggies to third place at their home Kachina Classic (9/19) with a time of 27:16.6. With a time of 25 minutes and 46 seconds, the freshman placed 59th in the Santa Clara Bronco Invitational (10/17) and was the fourth from NM State to cross the line. At the NCAA Mountain Regionals (11/4), Ruybalid finished in 58th and was just the sixth freshman to finish the 10k race.

High School: Ruybalid attended Los Lunas High School in Los Lunas, N.M., where he was a member of the cross-country and track and field teams. He was a three-year letter winner in cross-country and lettered twice in track and field. In cross-country, Ruybalid received all-state honors as a senior and all-district honors in 2007-08. He helped the Tigers to a third-place finish in district and eighth in state as a senior. During the 2007 season, the Tigers were district champions and finished fifth in state.

Personal: Ruybalid is the son of Jay and Christine Ruybalid. He plans to major in civil engineering.

Position: XC/Distance
Year: Senior
City/State: Los Lunas, N.M.
High School: Los Lunas HS

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