Brian Barraza Set for NCAA Cross Country Championship

Nov. 17, 2017

HOUSTON -- Senior distance runner Brian Barraza will conclude a stellar Houston Cougar Cross Country career with his third trip to the NCAA Cross Country Championship on Saturday, Nov. 18 in Louisville, Ky.

The 2017 NCAA Cross Country Championship will be held at E.P. "Tom" Sawyer Park and is hosted by Louisville. The men will compete in a 10,000-meter race at 9 a.m. CT, while the women will open action at 8 a.m., with a 6,000-meter race.

Live results for the 2017 Cross Country Championship can be found by clicking HERE, while live video can be seen courtesy of FloTrack. A paid FloTrack subscription is required to access the live video.

Barraza makes his return to E.P. Tom Sawyer Park where he finished 10th in the seeded race at the Pre-National event earlier this year. Competing in an 8K in October, Barraza crossed the finish line in 23:22.1 to pace the Cougars.

Barraza opened his season with a victory at the Texas A&M Invitational, claiming the title for the third consecutive year. Barraza finished the 8,000-meter race in College Station, Texas, in 23:51.4 and helped the Cougars finish fifth overall.

With the season rolling over to postseason competition, Barraza posted a pair of runner-up finishes in the American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships and the NCAA South Central Regional.

After running 25:06.0 in Philadelphia, Barraza earned his third All-American Athletic Conference Award and posted Houston's best finish in a conference championship meet since Tyler Stanfield placed second at the 2004 Conference USA Championships.



Barraza's silver at the South Central Regional in College Station, Texas, was his third top-4 finish in the event in as many years, and punched his ticket to the NCAA Championships. Barraza finished the 10K just two seconds behind the regional champion at 29:51.5.

During his sophomore season, Barraza finished 224th at the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute, Ind., before moving up to 60th the following year in Louisville.

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