HOUSTON – Already an All-American on the track, Houston Track & Field senior Brian Barraza was named to the 2017-18 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Cross Country/Track & Field First Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), on Thursday.
Thursday’s honor marks Barraza’s second straight Academic All-America honor after earning Second Team honors in 2016-17.
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Last season he became the first Houston track & field student-athlete to earn CoSIDA Academic All-America honors since Jolanda Jones was named to the team in 1987 and 1989. In Houston’s history, 12 student-athletes have received 15 honors since 1964.
Barraza most recently became just the third Cougar in program history to qualify for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in the 3,000-meter steeplechase and was the first Houston competitor since John Macy and Jerry Smartt each went in 1959.
The American champion in the steeplechase, Barraza broke his own school record in the event at the NCAA Regionals, where he ran 8:41.49.
He improved his time to 8:40.25 in the semifinals at the NCAA Championships before garnering All-America honors in the finals, finishing 10th in the event.
He closed out his collegiate career owning six Houston distance records – the mile, 3,000-meter run and 5,000-meter run in indoors and the 3,000-meter steeplechase, the 5,000-meter run and the 10,000-meter run in outdoors.
In the classroom, Barraza holds a 4.00 cumulative grade point average as a kinesiology major.
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