Freshman Earns Bronze, Leads Cross Country Again

    Brian Barraza finished third at the Rice Invitational Friday evening.
    Brian Barraza finished third at the Rice Invitational Friday evening.
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    HOUSTON - Once again, freshman Brian Barraza led the University of Houston Cross Country team finishing in the top three during the 38th annual Justin F. Cooper Memorial Rice Invitational host Friday evening.

    Barraza crossed the line at 16:50, third among the 168 total competitors in the men's race. His time on the 6,000-meter run was faster than his previous time at the Baylor Twilight Invitational Aug. 30 (18:19.9).

    Junior Yonas Tesfai finished eighth overall with a time of 17:02. He did not compete in the first meet of the season. Anthony Coleman finished third on the team with a time of 17:44.

    The men's team placed seventh out of 14 teams, scoring 147 total points. Host Rice took home the team trophy with 77 points.

    Selena Sierra was the top finisher for the women's team. She crossed the line at 16:04, 34th out of 132 runners in the 4,000-meter run.

    Freshman Amber Hawkins followed closely behind the junior, finishing at 16:08. She placed 37th overall, just before junior Taylor Beer crossed the finish line at 16:14.

    The women's team placed ninth overall, scoring 246 points. Texas A&M won the meet with 29 points, all Aggie competitors finishing in the top 20. Rice's women came in second place with 64 points.

    Houston will enjoy a week off from competition before it continues the season with the Rouge Grass Routes Grand Prix in Austin Sept. 27.

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