Barraza Wins Texas A&M Invitational

Sept. 23, 2017

COLLEGE STATION, Texas – Senior distance runner Brian Barraza made his return to the cross country course with an impressive win at the Texas A&M Invitational, while the Cougar Men’s and Women’s teams finished fifth and seventh, respectively, on Saturday at Watts Cross Country Course.

Barraza sat second through the 2,000-meter split of the 8,000-meter race but made his move around the 5,000-meter mark, pushing through 17:08. Running right alongside Alex Riba of the host Aggies, Barraza pulled away late to cross the line first in 23:51.5.

G.J. Reyna continued his impressive start to the season with another top-20 finish. A week after winning the Rice Invitational, Reyna crossed the line in 24:39.7 to finish 19th. A pair of seniors in Chris Wallace and Gabe Lara crossed the line next for the Cougars with Wallace finishing 27th in 24:48.0 and Lara placing 43rd in 25:04.3. Matt Parmley (62nd) and Devin Fahey (70th) rounded out the scoring for the Cougars after finishing in 25:24.5 and 25:35.3, respectively.

The Cougar men finished fifth overall as a team with 137 points.

On the women’s side, Jennifer Dunlap made her season debut while finishing as the Cougars’ top finisher in the meet. Dunlap crossed the line in 21:56.9 to finish 24th with Meredith Sorensen finishing right on her heels in 25th at 21:57.6.

Ebony White was Houston’s third finisher at the meet, crossing the line in 50th with a time of 22:37.3, while Emely Morgado finished less than a second later in 22:38.1 to place 51st.



Kristin Powell rounded out the scoring for the Cougars in 73rd with a time of 23:18.7.

The Cougar women finished seventh overall as a team with 198 points.

The Cougars will have three weeks to prepare for their next competition as they head to the Pre-National meet in Louisville, Ky., on Oct. 14. The Pre-National meet will be Houston’s final test before the post season begins and is run on the same course as the NCAA Championship meet.

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