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McDougal Earns Eighth All-America Honor With Eighth-Place Finish In 5K

March 9, 2007
|  Fayetteville, Ark.
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Josh McDougal came in eighth in the 5,000-meter final Friday evening at the NCAA Divsion I National Indoor Track and Field championships.

Josh McDougal came in eighth in the 5,000-meter final Friday evening at the NCAA Divsion I National Indoor Track and Field championships.

Liberty junior Josh McDougal placed eighth in the 5,000-meter final Friday evening at the NCAA Division I National Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Arkansas at the Randal Tyson Track Center. With his finish, McDougal is now an eight-time All-American. 

McDougal's (Peru, N.Y.) time, 13:49.97, was actually faster than his clocking from the same meet a year ago, when the Empire State native finished fourth in the 5K. It was the second-fastest time in Liberty and Big South Conference history, trailing only the 13:37.32 McDougal posted while winning the IC4A championship last Sunday. 

Wisconsin senior Chris Solinsky crossed the finish line first in the 5,000 meters, in a time of 13:38.61. Arkansas' Peter Kosgei represented Solinsky's closest competition, finishing 1.27 seconds behind. 

McDougal has now won four All-America distinctions in indoor track and field, three in cross country and one in outdoor track and field. He will aim for another All-America award Saturday evening at 8:50 p.m., when the junior competes in the 3,000-meter final. McDougal has finished fifth in the 3K two years in a row at the national indoor meet.