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McDougal Named Big South Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week
McDougal (Peru, N.Y.) won the mile in a time of 3:57.46 on his home track at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex, setting new Liberty, Big South Conference and facility records in the process. The junior became the first Flames athlete and the 287th American ever to run under four minutes for the mile after bettering his previous personal best of 4:01.63.
McDougal's clocking marked the fastest mile run by a collegiate athlete this season and was the eighth-fastest mile in the world so far in 2007. He qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships in the 1,500 meters with a converted time of 3:39.06 and currently ranks No. 1 nationally on the event performance list.
This is the eighth Big South Athlete of the Week honor McDougal has garnered during the current academic year. He has won three cross country athlete of the week awards, a quartet of indoor track athlete of the week distinctions and one outdoor track athlete of the week recognition.
McDougal will not be competing this weekend, but his teammates will be spread out across the southern United States, participating in the Texas Relays, the Duke ASICS Invitational and the North Carolina A&T Aggie Relays.