HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams have each earned USTFCCCA All-Academic Team awards for their performances on the course for the fourth consecutive season, while Brian Barraza earned the honor as an individual, the organization announced Friday.
The team award was granted to men’s and women’s programs that maintained at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average and competed in NCAA Regional action. In the classroom this year for Houston, the men’s team earned a 3.10 GPA while placing sixth overall at the NCAA South Central Regional, while the women finished with a 3.23 mark and 21st on the course.
Individually, student-athletes must maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 and finish within the top-25 at a regional event or finish as an All-American at the NCAA Championships. Barraza finished his graduate school semester with a 4.0 grade point average and compiled a 3.78 GPA while earning his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology-exercise science.
On the course, Barraza booked his third NCAA Championship appearance with a runner-up finish at the NCAA South Central Regional. Barraza took the silver medal in the 10,000-meter race with a time of 29:51.5 and went on to compete at the Championships, where he placed 61st in Louisville, Ky.
The individual honor for Barraza is the third of his career after also garnering the award following the 2015 and 2016 seasons.
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