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    Houston Cross Country heads to Alabama Friday
    Houston Cross Country heads to Alabama Friday
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    Oct. 17, 2013

    HOUSTON - After several weeks off without a meet, the University of Houston cross country teams head to Tuscaloosa, Ala., to continue prepping for the inaugural American Athletic Conference meet.

    Both teams are set to compete in the Crimson Classic hosted by the University of Alabama Friday, Oct. 18. Runners will race at the Harry Pritchett Running Park, an all grass course with light, rolling hills. The course used to serve as the university's golf course and was transformed to exclusively house the cross country meets since 2003. 

    The women's 5,000-meter race will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the men's 8,000-meter race starting at 5:30 p.m. 

    Runners from 24 universities will compete for the men's and 27 universities will compete for the women's top honor. Houston members will face top runners from host Alabama, Auburn, Florida State, LSU, Mississippi State, Rice, Sam Houston State and conference rival South Florida.

    2013 SEASON SO FAR
    The men's team has had one of its best performances in the first three meets of the year. Freshman front-runner Brian Barraza has placed in the top three at each meet this year. He won his first collegiate meet at the Baylor Twilight Invitational to start the year. He and junior Yonas Tesfai led the Cougars to a season high second place team finish at the Texas A&M-Corpus Christi Islander Splash (Sept. 27).

    The women's team has improved over the past year. Freshman Amber Hawkins and sophomore Selena Sierra have been the top finishers for the Cougars and helped the team to a fifth place finish at the Islander Splash (Sept. 27).

    Houston runners will have three weeks off from competition until the American Cross Country Championship slated Nov. 11 in Madison, Conn. 



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