Bakri Abushouk

Bakri Abushouk is a senior who finished fourth overall in the AAC Cross Country Championship.

Senior Bakri Abushouk finished fourth overall in the American Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships over the weekend to help East Carolina University claim a fourth place finish up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

“Congratulations to our Men’s XC Team. Big step for the program! Moving up three spots in a year,” head coach Josey Weaver said on Twitter.

Abushouk has been the Pirates’ No. 1 runner this season and finished the 8k race in 25:18.7, just 20.1 seconds behind Tulane University’s Emmanuel Rotich, who finished with a time of 24:58.6.

Houston’s Brian Barraza placed second overall with a time of 25:06 and Tulsa’s Benjamin Preisner took third with a time of 25:12.5.

Three Pirates finished in the top-20 as ECU’s second runner, Nick Ciaccia, placed 14th overall and sophomore Dean Abushouk placed 17th overall with times of 26:01.8 and 26:07 respectively.

Abushouk lead the Pirates to a fourth place finish in the AAC with ECU finishing with a team total of 145, three points less than new-AAC foe Wichita State. Tulsa won with 53 points, the University of Connecticut was the runner-up with 63 points and Temple University placed third overall with 70.

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