Garcia, Kneip sisters finish back-to-back for Brazos

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The Brazos Cougars hosted the Brazos High School Invitational Cross Country Meet last Saturday for the 13th year in a row and the varsity girls’ team won their first championship of the 2019 season.

The Cougarettes’ team score sat at 27 when all the runners hit the finish line with Rubi Garcia winning her second varsity race of the year. Her twin, Esmeralda, finished right behind her with the Kneip sisters finishing consecutively in seventh and eighth.

Gracie Arteaga secured a 12th-place finish and Valentina Ibarra finished 36th out of 114 runners and 13 teams in the race to win the competition by 14 points in front of Needville.

On the boys’ side, Brazos notched a 10th-place finish with 206 team points, powered by Zachary Cortez’ eighth-place spot. Brayden Hanzelka finished 40th, Bryan Pedroza took 53, Alfredo Ochoa 67, Kaden Kneip 70 and Anthony Gonzalez grabbed 85th out of 130 runners and 16 teams. St. Thomas Episcopal finished atop the boys’ varsity race with 80 points.

In the junior varsity girls’ race, the lone Cougarette, Ashley Perez, finished 19th. For the junior varsity boys, Joshua Martinez grabbed second overall in 12:54 and Wesley Holub came in 33rd in 14:41.

In the junior high girls’ race, Kezia Molina finished 63rd, Sylvia Lopez was 64th and Cheyenne Bertrand 68th.

In the junior high boys’ race, Trey Gaston finished 18th and Rees Snedaker was 55th.

Brazos will head to the 31st running of the Moulton Cross Country Meet this weekend eyeing another team championship.

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