Cross Country Heads to Rouge Grass Routes Grand Prix

Sophomore Yonas Tesfai

Sept. 28, 2012

AUSTIN - The University of Houston men's and women's cross country teams will return to the course at the second annual Rouge Grass Routes Grand Prix on Saturday at Handcock Golf Course, after taking a week off from competition.

The women are scheduled to take on a 6K course at 10:35 a.m., followed by the men running an 8K at 11 a.m. This year the Prix will take place at a new location that will use a spectator-friendly 2-km loop over rolling terrain, right in the heart of historic Hyde Park. The course is located at 811 East 41st St. in Austin.

"This will be our first meet where we run the full-race distance that we will see at The Conference USA Championships," assistant coach Steve Magness said. "The team has really stepped it up and put in a lot of good work since the Rice Invitational. We should be in the hunt for both an individual and team victory this week."

The Cougar men, who are currently ranked No. 10 in the USTFCCCA South Central Region's Top-15, took home a sixth-place finish, while the women finished 11th at the 37th Annual Justin F. Cooper Memorial Rice Invitational on Sept. 14. Leading the way for the men was sophomore Yonas Tesfai, who finished the 6K course in a time of 16:59, placing sixth overall. Senior Kathryn Ducommun finished out front for the Cougar women, recording a time of 13:23 in the 4K course to finish 17th overall.

The field for the Prix includes nationally ranked Texas, UT-Tyler, Texas A&M-International, Sam Houston State, Dallas Baptist, Texas State, Trinity, Butler CC and Greater Texas TC.

The Cougars will compete in their first out-of-state meet of the season, when they travel to Fayetteville, Ark., on Oct. 13 to take part in the Chile Pepper Cross Country Festival.

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