Las Cruces, N.M. - New Mexico State cross country runner Ian Ruybalid became only the second male in Aggie history to be named to an all-conference team in consecutive years.
Ruybalid is the first runner to be named an all conference selection his freshmen and sophomore years, while he is the second male cross country runner and first in 37 years to be named all conference in back to back years.
He joins Leon Garcia who accomplished the feat in 1971 and 1972 when NM State was a member of the Missouri Valley Conference.
Ruybalid was named Western Athletic Conference all-conference by placing 14th at the WAC Championships in 2008 and all-conference in 2009 by placing ninth at the WAC Championships.
Ruybalid also joins three Aggie women that have been named all conference more than once. Rachel Cuellar achieved it three times while NM State was a member of the Sun Belt Conference in (2000, 01, 02), and Brandi Gutierrez and Ingrid Flores have accomplished it in 2008 and 2009 along with Ruybalid.
“Ian is a great kid who is very competitive and leads by example,” said Paul Harkins, assistant cross country and track and field coach.
Ruybalid will be entering his third season in Crimson and White this fall and can become the first male runner to achieve all-conference status three years in a row. He has an opportunity become the only NM State cross country runner to win all conference honors four years in a row in the fall of 2011.
Ruybalid is a 2008 graduate of Los Lunas High School, in Los Lunas, N.M., and is the son of Jay and Christine Ruybalid.