Four local runners earn academic all-state

Two Tigers, two Cougarettes awarded academic all-state distinction

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The Texas High School Coaches Association released its academic all-state cross country teams at the end of last week and a pair of Sealy Tigers and Brazos Cougars each cracked the lists.

The release states; “The teams are selected by a point system that awards points for GPA, class rank and SAT or ACT score. The student-athletes or managers are then placed on teams according to the number of points they have earned. Criteria required to be nominated are 1) Must be a senior with an overall GPA of 92 or above, including grades 9-11 and the first six weeks of grade 12; 2) Be a member of the team in good standing at the time of nomination; 3) Be of good moral character.”

For Sealy, James Gassiott and Trinity Hall both checked all those boxes and Allie Gonzalez and Melissa Gonzalez did the same while representing Brazos.

A majority of the Tigers’ season came to an end at the District 25-4A Championship at Brookshire Royal High School where Gassiott and Hall completed their final races for the black and gold. The former helped the boys team clinch a fifth trip to regionals in a row while the latter closed her career out on a positive note. Gassiott earned second-team honors and Hall was bestowed with honorable mentions to close their fall seasons.

The Cougarettes on the other hand clinched a state championship berth for the 19th time in the last 21 years for head coach Eric Stuessel after a 16th consecutive trip to the regional championships. Allie Gonzalez finished in 120th overall at the state championships to help Brazos take sixth in the team competition and garnered second-team distinction for her work in the classroom. Melissa Gonzalez closed her cross country career on an academic all-state honorable mention.

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