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McDougal Becomes No. 5 All-Time Collegiate 5K Performer With 13:20.43 Effort at Mt. SAC Relays
McDougal (Peru, N.Y.), who entered the race with an overall 5K personal best of 13:37.32 and an outdoor best of 13:52.92, maintained an even pace throughout, splitting 4:16 for the first mile and coming through two miles in 8:32. His new Liberty and Big South Conference record time placed him seventh in a talented field which saw 29 of the 34 entrants break 14 minutes.
Winning the race was Mexico's Juan Barrios in a meet-record time of 13:11.37. He edged runner-up Anthony Famigletti of the U.S. and fellow Mexico native David Galvan by less than a second.
BYU's Josh Rohatinsky, the NCAA national cross country champion this past November, was the next finisher behind McDougal, crossing the line in 13:25.53. Among the other notable names finishing behind McDougal was two-time Olympian Alan Culpepper, a 10K and marathon specialist who ran a 13:33.10 for 11th place.
After his performance Friday night, only two Americans have ever run faster than McDougal prior to graduation from college. Bill McChesney of Oregon ran an American collegiate record of 13:15.77 in 1981 and Rudy Chapa, also of Oregon, clocked a 13:19.22 in 1979. Washington State's Henry Rono ran a collegiate record time of 13:08.4 in 1978 and Alistair Cragg of Arkansas posted a 13:16.98 three years ago, marking the only other collegiate athletes who have ever run under 13:20.
McDougal has now qualified for the NCAA Division I East Regional meet in both the 1,500 meters and the 5,000 meters and currently sits atop the national performance list in both disciplines.
Younger brother Jordan McDougal (So., Peru, N.Y.) also recorded a personal-best time late in the evening, running 29:36.53 for 10,000 meters, improving his previous best by 23 seconds and moving up to No. 2 on Liberty's all-time list behind Josh McDougal.
McDougal, now ranked first on the Big South Conference performance list by 53 seconds, just missed the NCAA provisional qualifying standard of 29:30. He placed 13th out of the 57 runners who toed the line. Shadrack Songok of Texas A&M-Corpus Christi broke the tape in 28:16.47 to win by five seconds over Reebok's Reid Coolsaet.
The McDougal brothers will next compete at home, as Liberty hosts the New Balance Big South Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships Presented by UCS, Thursday through Saturday at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex.