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MacDonald Sets Shamrock Invitational 10K Record
Liberty junior Josh MacDonald continued his impressive streak of performances, Thursday evening at the Shamrock Invitational. One day after being named Big South Men's Track Athlete of the Week, MacDonald won the men's 10K in a meet-record time of 30:41.71 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.
MacDonald's time shaved 15 seconds off of his previous personal best and won the race by nearly 40 seconds. It is the fastest men's 10K time in the nation thus far in 2013, giving MacDonald the national lead in two events (also steeplechase). Additionally, the California native has now qualified for the IC4A meet in three events (steeplechase, 5K and 10K) at this early juncture of the outdoor season.
During the last three weeks prior to Thursday's 25-lapper, MacDonald won the Big South indoor men's 5K title, placed third in the IC4A indoor men's 5K final with a personal-best time of 14:10.33 and clocked a near personal-best time of 8:57.26 in the steeplechase.
Also on Thursday, Ryan Smith recorded an IC4A qualifier in the men's hammer. His mark of 180-9 placed 10th in the competition.
The Shamrock Invitational will resume Friday at 9 a.m. with the decathlon 110-meter hurdles.