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Flames Tie for 22nd Place at NCAA Outdoor Track Championships

June 9, 2007
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The Liberty men's team, shown here celebrating its IC4A title, tied for 22nd at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The Liberty men's team, shown here celebrating its IC4A title, tied for 22nd at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.

The Liberty men's track & field team finished in a tie with Arizona State for 22nd place at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, which wrapped up Saturday in Sacramento, Calif. The Flames capped off one of the most successful seasons in school history with their best-ever finish at the NCAA track championships as well as the first-ever Top 25 placing by a Big South Conference men's squad at the outdoor national meet. 

Liberty, coached by Brant Tolsma, totaled 13 points, courtesy of three All-America performances. Josh McDougal (Jr., Peru, N.Y.) is now an 11-time All-American after placing third at 10,000 meters and fourth at 5,000 meters. Classmate Brandon Hoskins (Garden City, Texas) captured his second All-America distinction, with a seventh-place finish in the decathlon. Never before had Liberty recorded a trio of All-America honors at a single national meet. 

Florida State defended its 2006 national title with 54 points. LSU finished just six points back in second place, and fellow SEC member Auburn took third with 34 points. 

Liberty's best men's team finish at a national championship event prior to this weekend was a tie for 23rd place at the 2006 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. McDougal provided all nine of the Flames' points that time around, crossing the line fourth in the 5,000-meter event and fifth in the 3,000-meter final. 

Although the Flames became the first Big South men's team ever to place in the Top 25 at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championship, UMBC still owns the conference's highest men's team finish at a national championship meet. The Retrievers tied for 18th place at the 1996 NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, when the school was a Big South member. 

The Lady Flames own the top two national track & field team finishes in conference history, including both men's and women's competition. In 2002, the Liberty women's squad placed an outright 15th at the NCAA indoor meet and tied for 15th place outdoors. Current assistant coach Heather (Sagan) Zealand was a major contributor to those efforts, winning the indoor national title in the mile and finishing as the runner-up at 1,500 meters at the outdoor championships. 

The 2007 collegiate track & field season is now complete, but several Liberty student-athletes have qualified for, and plan to compete in, the AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships and the Finish Line USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The two meets will be held concurrently in Indianapolis, Ind., at IU Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium, beginning June 20.

2007 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships

Final Men's Team Standings (Top 25)
1) Florida State – 54
2) LSU – 48
3) Auburn – 34
4) Tennessee – 30.5
5) USC – 27
6) North Carolina – 26
T7) Louisville – 22
T7) Wisconsin – 22
9) UCLA – 21
T10) Oregon – 20
T10) Stanford – 20
T12) Arizona – 18
T12) Mississippi - 18
14) Texas – 17
T15) Baylor – 16
T15) Oklahoma – 16
T15) Washington – 16
T18) Kansas – 15
T18) Kansas State – 15
T18) Michigan – 15
21) Middle Tennessee State – 14
T22) Arizona State – 13
T22) Liberty – 13
24) Texas A&M – 12.5
25) Clemson - 12