In their third meet of the 2019 season, the Brazos girls’ cross country team was propelled to a second-place finish in the team competition thanks in part to top-5 finishes from the Garcia twins.
Once again, Rubi was the faster of the sisters, winning the varsity girls’ race in 14:06 with Esmeralda coming across about 30 seconds after, taking fourth. Maddie Kneip was not far behind, registering a third top-10 finish for the Cougarettes, earning sixth.
Gracie Arteaga (12), Valentina Ibarra (24), Allie Gonzalez (46) and Makinzy Kneip (47) rounded out the Brazos participation, totaling 46 points in the team scores, edging out Needville for second place by two points.
On the boys’ side of things at the varsity level, Zachary Cortez was once again the top Cougar finisher, completing the course in 18:55 to register 16th overall. After that, Alfredo Ochoa (27), Bryan Pedroza (30), Brayden Hanzelka (34), Kaden Kneip (38) and Anthony Gonzalez (46) finished all around each other for a team score of 143 and seventh overall out of nine teams.
With only two girls in the junior varsity girls’ race (Ashley Perez in 19th and Lizbet Roque in 21st) Brazos head coach Eric Stuessel didn’t have enough to register a team total to factor into that race and had similar participation numbers for the boys’ junior varsity race.
Joshua Martinez raced to a seventh-place finish for the Cougars and was followed by Wesley Holub in 38th and Jacob Molina in 48th for junior varsity boy competitors.
Brazos will have a short commute to its next meet of the season, hosting the 13th annual Brazos High School Invitational Saturday, Sept. 7, with the varsity girl race set to kick off at 8:30 a.m.