HOUSTON – The Houston Cougar Men’s and Women’s Cross Country teams are on the road for postseason action to compete in the NCAA South Central Regional, on Friday in College Station, Texas.
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The NCAA South Central Regional will be held at Watts Cross Country Course on the campus of Texas A&M. The women will run a 6,000-meter race beginning at 9:15 a.m., while the men will compete in a 10K at 10:15 a.m.
The top-2 overall teams from each of the men’s and women’s races will qualify for the NCAA Championships on Nov. 18, while the top-4 individuals on the non-qualifying teams will also punch tickets to the season’s final meet.
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Senior Brian Barraza makes his return to Watts Cross Country Course, where he has had tremendous success in his career. Barraza won the NCAA South Central Regional in College Station in 2015 and has been the Texas A&M Invitational Champion three times throughout his career, including a victory in the 8K this year in 23:51.4 on Sept. 23.
G.J. Reyna opened the Cougars’ season on the right foot after picking up a win at the Rice Invitational to open the campaign. Reyna ran 19:49.72 at Rice and has finished among the leaders for Houston in each of his four races this season.
The women have been led by a trio of runners this season, including Jennifer Dunlap who paced Houston in each of the Texas A&M Invitational and Pre-National races, finishing 24th and 75th, respectively.
Ebony White opened the season as the Cougars’ top finisher at the Rice Invitational when she crossed the line in 12th after running 14:38.20.
Meredith Sorensen used a late surge at The American Athletic Conference Championships to lead the Cougars on Oct. 28. Sorensen finished the 6,000-meter race in 23:02.5 to place 36th overall.
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Qualifying athletes will earn a berth in the NCAA Cross Country Championships on Saturday, Nov. 18, in Louisville, Ky.
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