Cougarettes claim sixth, Garcias named All-State

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In what served as the third-best finish in Brazos girls cross country history at the state meet, a set of sisters were also named to the All-State team in Esmeralda and Rubi Garcia.

The pair both registered top-15 finishes to propel the team score to sixth place overall out of 16 teams with a total of 174 points.

Esmeralda was the first Cougarette finisher in 10th overall, Rubi was next in 14th, then it was Gracie Arteaga in 66th, Makinzy Kneip in 78th, Allie Gonzalez in 120th, Valentina Ibarra in 134th and Ashley Perez in 150th in what was the 19th trip to the state championships under head coach Eric Stuessel in the last 21 years.

The girls were not alone at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock as Zachary Cortez qualified individually on the boys’ side for the second year in a row and registered a 74th-place finish out of 148 runners in 18 minutes flat.

For her spot in the top 10, Esmeralda became just the fifth individual female medal winner in school history to go along with her All-State honor bestowed by the Cross Country Coaches Association of Texas (CCCAT). With a top-15 finish, Rubi also earned the All-State distinction, and both will return to bolster Stuessel’s squad next year.

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