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McDougal Honored as Big South Indoor Track Athlete of the Week

January 31, 2007
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McDougal eclipsed his own facility record on Saturday.

McDougal eclipsed his own facility record on Saturday.

After making an impressive indoor track season debut at 3,000 meters, Liberty junior Josh McDougal has earned the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Indoor Track Athlete of the Week award. 

Donning a Liberty singlet for the first time since the NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championship on Nov. 20, McDougal (Peru, N.Y.) raced to a winning time of 7:58.2 in the 3,000-meter run, last Saturday afternoon at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center. McDougal outdistanced the race runner-up, brother Jordan McDougal (R-So., Peru, N.Y.) by 25 seconds at the On Track Open, eclipsing his own facility record in the process. 

McDougal's time places him third on the NCAA national performance list. Only Martin Fagan of Providence and Peter Kosgei of Arkansas have covered the 3,000-meter distance faster thus far this season. The 7:58.2 clocking also provisionally qualifies McDougal for the NCAA Division I National Indoor Track and Field Championships. 

The Liberty men's and women's track and field teams will be divided between two meets this weekend. Some of the Flames' athletes will travel to New York to compete in the New Balance Collegiate Invitational, Friday and Saturday. The remainder of the team will take part in Saturday's VMI Winter Relays.