Barraza of St. Stephen's to run cross country for the Central Wyoming College Rustlers

Apr 29, 2020 By Randy Tucker, Staff Writer

St. Stephen's High School senior Darien Barraza has signed a national letter of intent to compete in cross country at Central Wyoming College.

The Eagle senior is believed to be the first cross country athlete to move on to college competition from St. Stephen's since the high school was re-established in 1985.

Barraza is an all-around athlete, competing for the Eagles in cross country, basketball, and track.

Barraza was a Class 1-A all-state selection in basketball in 2020 and a member of The Ranger's All-Fremont County boys basketball team.

At Central Wyoming, College Barraza will begin his pursuit of a degree in athletic training.

"I've been watching Darien since his freshman year and couldn't wait for him to sign with CWC," Rustler head cross country coach Al Lara said.

"His high school coach, Charlie Oldman, did a good job grooming Darien to become a good runner.

"Now it's my turn to take him to that next level. I'm excited to get him at CWC this fall."

Barraza qualified for the Class 1-A state track meet in the 1600 meters as a junior and was 34th overall in the Class 2-A cross country state meet last fall.

"He's already asked me about some workouts he can start doing. I like hearing that he's hungry about being one of my top runners," Lara said.

The CWC mentor said his team was shaping up well for the fall season.

"With seven guys already signed and more to come, this will be one of the best men's squads in the seven-year history of our cross country program. Aug. 1 will be the first day of practice."

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