The 5-foot-10, 132-pound junior raced to second place at the Foot Locker South Regional championships with a time of 14:54.81 to advance to nationals, where he placed 18th. Sugie broke the tape at the Class 2A State Championships with a time of 15:40.02, leading the Generals to a fourth-place finish as a team. He was unbeaten by a Kentucky runner last fall.
Sugie has maintained a 4.19 weighted GPA in the classroom. He will begin his senior year of high school this fall.
A member of his school’s Student Organization Council, Sugie has volunteered locally with Angel Tree, which serves special-needs adults within the community. He has also donated his time to Naturally Bardstown, a local nonprofit entrusted to maintain or revive nature trails at community parks and elementary schools.