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Liberty Men's Track Tied for 15th in National Rankings

May 15, 2007
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The Liberty men's track & field team, shown here celebrating its 2007 Big South Outdoor Track Championship, is tied for No. 15 in the latest national rankings.

The Liberty men's track & field team, shown here celebrating its 2007 Big South Outdoor Track Championship, is tied for No. 15 in the latest national rankings.

The Liberty men's track & field team, coming off its first IC4A team title in 11 years, is tied for No. 15 in this week's Trackwire Top 25 rankings. The ranking marks a season high for the Flames. 

The rankings, based upon projected team scoring at the NCAA National Championships, show Liberty tallying 15 points at the national meet, tying the Flames with Arizona, BYU and Mississippi. Florida State is ranked No. 1, followed closely by No. 2 LSU and No. 3 Auburn. 

The Flames' points are expected to come from a pair of junior standouts. Josh McDougal (Peru, N.Y.) is listed third in both the 5,000 meters and the 10,000 meters. He currently owns the top time in the nation, among collegiate runners, at both 1,500 meters and 5,000 meters. McDougal completed an unprecedented triple at the IC4A Championships, taking first place at 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters, the latter two of which he won less than 25 minutes apart. 

Brandon Hoskins (Garden City, Texas), completely healthy for the first time this season, rolled to victory in the decathlon at the IC4A Championships, totaling a season-best 7,463 points. As a result of his performance over the weekend, he has moved up to sixth in the event within the Trackwire projections. 

The Flames and Lady Flames are currently preparing for the NCAA East Regional Championships. The meet, which will finalize the field of competitors at the NCAA National Championships, is slated for May 25-26 at Florida's James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track, in Gainesville, Fla.