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McDougal Wins 10th Big South Athlete of the Week Award This Year
Liberty junior Josh McDougal has been named the Big South Conference Choice Hotels Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week after winning three events at the IC4A Championships this past weekend. He has now won 10 Big South Athlete of the Week honors during the current academic year.
McDougal (Peru, N.Y.) became the first athlete in the 131-year history of the IC4A Championships to win the 1,500 meters, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters at the same meet. He won the latter two races within 25 minutes of each other, Friday evening. McDougal's winning time in the 1,500-meter run, 3:44.56, broke his own school record.
His efforts helped the Flames win their first IC4A team title since 1996, as Liberty outdistanced Virginia, 77-66.5. McDougal has now been a part of four conference championship teams this year. He previously helped the Flames win Big South cross country, indoor track & field and outdoor track & field championships.
McDougal won three Big South Athlete of the Week distinctions during the 2006 cross country season, four honors during the 2006-07 indoor track campaign and today's recognition is his third during the current outdoor track season.
The Liberty men's track and field team, coached by Brant Tolsma, has won six of the eight Big South Men's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week awards distributed this year. In addition to McDougal's trio of honors, Clendon Henderson (Jr., Meadow, Texas) has won a pair and Jon Hart (Jr., Wyomissing, Pa.) took home the first conference athlete of the week award, on March 21.
McDougal and the other 16 Flames and Lady Flames who have qualified for the NCAA East Regional Championships will compete May 25-26, at Florida's James G. Pressly Stadium at Percy Beard Track in Gainesville, Fla.