Barraza Named The American Athlete of the Week

Oct. 3, 2017

HOUSTON – Senior distance runner Brian Barraza has been named the American Athletic Conference Cross Country Athlete of the Week for his performance at the Texas A&M Invitational, the league office announced Tuesday.

After redshirting throughout the 2016 cross country season, Barraza made his return to the course in College Station, Texas, on Sept. 23. Barraza finished the 8,000-meter race at Watts Cross Country Course in 23:51.4 to defeat Alex Riba of Texas A&M by seven seconds.

Barraza led a tight pack through the 2,000-meter split with a time of 6:06.6 before he and Riba began to pull away at the 5.6K mark. The duo were the only two student-athletes to enter the chute under the 24-minute mark in the competition.

The conference award is the second weekly honor for Barraza in his career, after also being named The American Athlete of the Week on Sept. 3, 2015.

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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