Juan Ortega

Juan Ortega

Player Profile


Albuquerque, N.M.

High School:
Rio Grande HS






Veteran runner who has become one of the top long distance threats in the MWC over the past two years...not highly recruited out of high school and was plagued by injuries early in his career, but has developed into an incredibly durable and successful runner...turned in an outstanding final cross country season in 2006, earning first team all-MWC and all-Mountain Region honors, followed by a breakthrough indoor campaign in `07...has not raced competitively since last winter, however, after redshirting outdoors...a fearless, aggressive competitor in every race he runs, regardless of the level of competition...2-time Academic All-MWC honoree.

2006-07: (outdoor) Redshirt season...(indoor) Ranked 2nd on the team and was an MWC finalist in the 3,000 and 5,000...finished 5th in the 5K (14:44.00) and helped the DMR team finish 5th on day 2 of the MWC Championships then placed 6th in the 3K with a career-best time of 8:18.43 on the final day...career-best 5K time of 14:40.31 in a 2nd place finish at the Dan DeHart Invite in Albuquerque...led the team in the mile with a career-best time of 4:12.17...finished the season ranked among the top-8 in the MWC in all 3 distance events...raced at least twice at every regular season meet, along 2 3K races at an all-comer and last chance meet...notched 10 top-5 finishes, including 4 wins, in his 12 individual races...swept the mile and 5K at the TCR Race Productions Invite in Albuquerque...Academic All-MWC...(cross country) Put a storybook ending on his collegiate cross country career, earning first team all-MWC and all-Mountain Region honors in his final two races...led the team with a 4th place finish at the conference meet (24:42.3) and was 20th at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships in Albuquerque (31:26.7)...improved 19 spots on his previous best at both the MWC and regional meets...ran second on the team in the first three meets...clocked a career-best 8K time of 24:21 at Stanford.

2005-06: (outdoor) Led the team in the 10,000 and was the No. 2 runner in the 5K and 1,500...clocked a time of 30:55.32 in his first career 10K at the Mt. SAC Relays, which was ranked 5th in the MWC...finished 6th in the event at the MWC Championship meet...season-best time of 15:22.99 in the 5,000m at UC-San Diego...raced 8 times...(indoor) Redshirt season...(cross country) Enjoyed a breakthrough season, scoring in all 5 meets and notching a pair of top-25 finishes...was the team's No. 2 runner at the MWC Championships, where he placed 23rd...was 39th (32:14.7) at the NCAA Mountain Region meet, his best finish in the 10K race...season-best 8K time of 24:36.59 in a 20th place finish at Auburn.

2004-05: (outdoor) Appeared in 3 meets...notched his first career victory in the 5,000 at UTEP...top 800 time of 1:56.95, run in Albuquerque, ranked 4th on the team...(indoor) Competed 7 times during the winter...finished among the top-5 in four of his first 5 races...ran the 3,000 (25th) and 5K (16th) at the conference meet...clocked the team's No. 5 3K time (8:49.24) at Texas Tech...(cross-country) Ran in 3 meets, finishing among the Lobos' top-7 at New Mexico State and the MWC Championships.

2003-04: (outdoor) Appeared in 3 meets, competing in the 1,500 and 5,000...notched a pair of 3rd place finishes in each event at NMSU...(indoor) Made his collegiate track debut at Texas Tech...placed 5th in the 3,000 in his lone race of the winter...(cross country) Competed in all 6 meets, scoring 4 times, including the final 3 races of the year...top finish of 10th (pre-conference meet) and top 8K time of 26:02 (Canyon West Classic) both came in Lobo victories...Academic All-MWC.


A 2003 graduate of Albuquerque Rio Grande High School...4-year letterman in track and cross country...3-year individual qualifier for the state cross country meet after finishing in the top-10 at his district meet...was the state runner-up in the mile as a senior...finished his prep career with RGHS records in the mile (4:26) and two-mile runs (9:45)...district champion in both events...6th in the 5,000m at the Junior Olympic Nationals...was named Rio Grande Athlete of the Year as a senior...student body president who graduated in the top-10 percent of his class.


Born on Nov. 7, 1985, in Albuquerque, N.M....age is 22...son of Raphael and Hilda Ortega...has five brothers and sisters: Brenda (25), Elsa (22), Mayra (19), Jesse (13) and Jessica (6)...double major in Criminology and Spanish.