Cougars Ready for American Conference Championships

Oct. 27, 2016

CINCINNATI – The postseason is here, and the Houston Cougar Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams are heading to Cincinnati, Ohio, for the 2016 American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships on Saturday.

Where: Voice of America Metropark | West Chester Township | Cincinnati, Ohio
Women’s Course Map | Men’s Course Map
Women’s Race: 6,000-meters | 9 a.m.
Men’s Race: 8,000-meters | 9:50 a.m.
Championship Central

The Cougar women enter the American Championships ranked No. 12 in the South Central Region and will vie for a top spot in the final standings. After not appearing at the 2015 championships due to redshirting, senior Selena Sierra returns to the course with hopes of improving on her 21st-place finish in 2014. The Channelview, Texas, native has been the Cougars’ top finisher in four of their five races this season including a second-place finish at the SFA Lumberjack Preview.

Maddie Brown also returns for the women after a 24th place finish in Greenville, N.C., at last year’s championships. Brown, who won the HBU Invitational earlier this season, was the top finisher for the women at the conference meet last year en route to helping the team to a ninth-place finish.

G.J. Reyna has consistently been the top finisher for Houston on the men’s side, taking the lead role in four of the five races this season. Reyna opened the season with back-to-back top-10 finishes at the SFA Lumberjack Preview (8th, 5K) and the Rice Invitational (9th, 6K). The 2016 American Championships will be the first for the sophomore.



For the first time since 2013, the Cougars will have a name other than Brian Barraza cross first at the American Championships. The then-junior helped Houston to at fourth-place overall finish at the 2015 championships, but is redshirting throughout the 2016 campaign.

Each of the men’s and women’s races, as well as the post meet award ceremony will be streamed live via the American Digital Network. The live stream will begin at 8:45 a.m., Saturday with Dennis McNulty on the call.

Fans can access the live stream by clicking HERE.

For all American Championship information including, information on the venue, the championship program, live stat’s and more, fans can visit the 2016 Cross Country Championship Central Page.

The page can be found by clicking HERE.

Live results for the 2016 American Championships will be made available via Finish Timing. Fans can access up-to-the-minute results by visiting FinishTiming.com and following the appropriate links or by clicking HERE.

The American Athletic Conference also offers numerous ways to follow the championships on various social media platforms. The conference’s official Twitter account can be found at @AmericanXCTrack, Instagram at @American_Conf as well as on Facebook. In addition, the American Conference can also be found on Snapchat by adding American_Conf.


Fans can keep up with the latest in University of Houston Cougar athletics by following us on Facebook (Facebook.com/HoustonAthletics), Twitter (@UHCougars), Instagram (houstoncougars) and YouTube.com (Youtube.com/UHAthletics). In addition, the Track and Field team has established its own official Facebook (facebook.com/HoustonCougarTrackandField) and Twitter pages (@UHCougarTF).

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