Norman Academic Athlete of the Month: Sophia Maag – Presented by Republic Bank & Trust



By John TranchinaAthletics are a big part of Sophia Maag’s life, but the Norman High School junior is also dedicated to her studies.Sporting an outstanding 4.0 GPA, Maag is a member of the National Honor Society, while also excelling in cross country, swimming and track.

“I’ve learned to manage my time pretty well, so after practice, I just get on my homework and get it done so I can get to bed early,” said Maag, who won the 1600 and 3200-meter races at the Class 6A West Regional in track last May before finishing 14th and eighth, respectively, at the state meet. “Last year, my workload wasn’t super heavy. This year, it will be harder, but I’m pretty organized and that helps.”

In cross country, Maag, the team’s top runner, is motivated by the fact that she missed the 6A Regional and State meets last year with a foot injury, as the Tigers finished second at state.

“(Missing those meets) was really hard, but I am more motivated than ever to do well and help my team at state,” said Maag, who also volunteers at Norman Public Library. “We are going to be a really strong team this year and I am really excited to be a part of that.”“Sophia is such a great ambassador of her family, team, school and community,” said Norman cross country coach Scott Monnard. “She epitomizes what you look for in a student athlete. She leads by example and is a great role model for our younger runners.”