Nov. 14, 2013
HOUSTON – The University of Houston Cross Country squads prepare to compete at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country South Central Regional meet hosted by Baylor University in Waco, Texas.
The meet will take place on the Cottonwood Creek Golf Course in Waco. The Cougars are familiar with the course as they began the season with the Baylor Twilight Invitational. The men’s 10K race will start at 10 a.m. followed by the women’s 6K race at 11:15 a.m.
“For the women, it is all about experience,” head coach Steve Magness said. “We have a young team that brings everyone back next year, so what we are really emphasizing is finishing off the season well and giving us some momentum to build off for track and next year in cross country. Selena Sierra had a strong performance at conference and she's looking to lead the team again.”
Brian Barraza, James Broussard, John Cantu, Anthony Coleman, Gabe Lara, Matthew Parmley and Yonas Tesfai will represent Houston on the men’s side.
“I'm really looking forward to see how we can do both as a team and individually. Brian Barraza and Yonas Tesfai have an excellent shot at qualifying for nationals, which is extremely hard to do as an individual,” Magness said. “So just to have those two guys in position to [advance] is a huge step in our program.
“After his strong performance at conference, Anthony Coleman is another runner who can be All-Region if he has a solid race. As a team, we could end up anywhere from fourth to 10th. It will be a very close and competitive race so we really need to put it together from top to bottom.”
At the inaugural American Athletic Conference Championship, Tesfai, Barraza and Coleman finished in the top 10 and were named All-Conference for the 2013 season.
Regional Meet Central: http://www.baylorbears.com/sports/c-xc/2013-ncaa-xc-regional.html
Live Results: http://www.deltatiming.com/results.aspx
QUALIFYING FOR NATIONALS
The top two teams from the South Central region will receive automatic bids to compete as a team at the NCAA Championship in Terra Haute, Ind. A total of 31 team bids will be given, 18 automatic bids (two teams from each region) and 13 at-large bids. Houston runners also have an opportunity to qualify for the NCAA Championships as individuals as the top four individual finishers at each region not on an advancing team will advance to Terre Haute, Ind. The NCAA will also select two additional at-large individuals to round out the NCAA Championship field.
National selections will be announced Saturday, Nov. 16, via press release on NCAA.com following the nine regional meets on Friday.