Cougars Wrap American Conference Championships

Oct. 29, 2016

CINCINNATI -- The Houston Cougar Men's and Women's Cross Country teams opened postseason competition with a trip to the American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday at Voice of America Metropark.

Where: Voice of America Metropark | West Chester Township | Cincinnati, Ohio
Women's Top Finisher: Selena Sierra, 21:39.2, 22nd
Men's Top Finisher: GJ Reyna, 25:38.6, 23rd
Women's Team Finish: 9th, 220 points
Men's Team Finish: 8th, 215 points
Championship Central

Keeping up with the theme of the season, it was Selena Sierra and GJ Reyna who led the men's and women's teams across the line.

The women were up first with the 6K race, with Sierra leading the Cougars in 22nd place after running 21:39.2. Maddie Brown was the next to cross for Houston taking 44th in 22:36.0, while Emely Morgado ran 22:45.4 to finish 52nd. Nikita Prasad and Jennifer Dunlap rounded out the scoring for the Cougars finishing right on each other's heels with Prasad going 22:58.0 to finish 60th and Dunlap finishing in 61st in 23:02.2.

The Cougar women finished ninth overall with 220 points.

Continuing his impressive season, Reyna crossed as Houston's top finisher in the 8K for the fifth time in 2016. The sophomore went through the chute in 25:38.6 to finish 23rd. Kody Anderson was the next Cougar to cross running 26:13.5 to finish 38th, while Parmley ran 27:08.1 for a 52nd-place finish. Scoring concluded for the Cougars with Alex Arnold (27:25.7) in 56th and Isaac Pearce (27:58.1) in 60th.



The Houston men finished eighth overall with 215 points.

Women's Individual
22. Selena Sierra, 21:39.2
44. Maddie Brown, 22:36.0
52. Emely Morgado, 22:45.4
60. Nikita Prasad, 22:58.0
61. Jennifer Dunlap, 23:02.2
66. Kristin Powell, 23:18.1
75. Maria Gonzales, 23:42.6
77. Britani Gonzales, 23:44.8
87. Mackenzie Ilari, 24:24.3

Women's Team
1. SMU, 45 points
2. Tulsa, 47 points
3. Memphis, 96 points
4. UConn, 145 points
5. UCF, 157 points
6. Cincinnati, 180 points
7. Tulane, 201 points
8. Temple, 216 points
9. Houston, 220 points
10. USF, 236 points
11. East Carolina, 241 points

Men's Individual
23. GJ Reyna, 25:38.6
38. Kody Anderson, 26:13.6
52. Matt Parmley, 27:08.1
56. Alex Arnold, 27:25.7
60. Isaac Pearce, 27:58.1
61. Cameron Laverty, 28:01.7
62. Aaron Hurd, 28:08.0
67. Nicholas Hamilton, 28:40.3
68. Justin Barrett, 28:46.2

Men's Team
1. Tulsa, 22 points
2. Tulane, 101 points
3. Cincinnati, 109 points
4. UConn, 114 points
5. Temple, 121 points
6. Memphis, 123 points
7. East Carolina, 143 points
8. Houston, 215 points
9. USF, 231 points

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