PHILADELPHIA -- Senior distance runner Brian Barraza took second at the American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships, while the men's team finished sixth, and the women's team finished 10th overall on Saturday.
Barraza sat seventh through the first split, running 5:06.70 for the first mile of the 8,000-meter race. Running one-and-two throughout the course, the race came down to a battle between Barraza and Emmanuel Rotich of Tulane. The duo came out of the woods neck-and-neck, and Barraza crossed the finish line in 25:06.6.
The second-place finish for Barraza earns him All-American Athletic Conference honors is the highest individual finish for a Cougar since joining the American Athletic Conference and the top place since Tyler Stanfield finished as the runner-up at the 2004 Conference USA Cross Country Championships.
Junior G.J. Reyna was the next Cougar across the line, finishing 31st in 26:31.9, while senior Chris Wallace crossed right on his teammate's heels in 26:35.6 to place 33rd. Freshman Devin Fahey finished his race in 27:15.0 to place 52nd, while senior Matthew Parmley rounded out the scoring for Houston with a 58th-place finish in 27:33.4.
The Cougar men finished sixth overall with 159 points.
The Women were in action for a 6,000-meter race on Saturday, and it was senior Jennifer Dunlap who led Houston through the first split in 32nd at 5:59.40. However, it was sophomore Meredith Sorensen who would cross the finish line first for the Cougars, finishing in 23:02.5 to place 36th, while Dunlap would follow shortly after in 23:17.2 to finish 42nd.
Junior Britani Gonzales finished just seconds behind Dunlap in 44th at 23:20.5, while senior Emely Morgado was the fourth Cougar across the line in 64th with a time of 23:58.5. Senior Maria Gonzales capped the scoring for the Cougars in a 65th-place finish in 24:00.1.
The Cougar women finished 10th overall with 245 points.
Full results from the 2017 American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships can be found by clicking HERE.
UP NEXT FOR HOUSTON
Houston will head back to College Station, Texas, to compete in the NCAA Cross Country South Central Regional. The event will be held at Watts Cross Country Course, where the Cougars ran in the Texas A&M Invitational earlier this season.
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