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McDougal Unable to Finish 10K at USA Track & Field Championships
McDougal (Peru, N.Y.), running the final race of his 2007 outdoor track & field season, was part of a lead pack of six runners, which crossed the halfway mark in 14:15. He was still in sixth place at the 6,000-meter mark, when leaders Abdi Abdirahman, Dathan Ritzenhein and Galen Rupp broke away. McDougal was unable to match their move, dropped back through the pack and eventually stepped off the track for the second consecutive year at this event.
Of the 25 entrants, only 19 completed the entire race. Those who did finish came in well behind their respective personal-best times. Abdirahman won his third U.S. 10K title and second in three years, pulling away in the final two laps and crossing the line in a time of 28:13.51. Coming in second was Oregon junior Galen Rupp, who also recently finished as the 10,000-meter runner-up at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Rupp's time was 28:23.31. Abdirahman, Rupp and third-place finisher Ritzenhein will be eligible to represent the U.S. at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka, Japan, Aug. 25-Sept. 2.
McDougal wrapped up his finest outdoor track & field season to date, which included All-America performances at 5,000 and 10,000 meters, the 10th and 11th decorations of his collegiate career. He also broke the 4:00 mile barrier and became the No. 5 all-time collegiate performer in the 5,000 meters.
McDougal will now prepare for his senior cross country season, which will see him try for a fourth straight All-America honor in the sport. He is likely to make his season debut at the Sept. 28 Notre Dame Invitational, in South Bend, Ind.
Two of McDougal's Liberty teammates and a former Lady Flame will take the track on Friday in Indianapolis. Danielle McNaney, a 2005 Liberty graduate, is set to begin the heptathlon at 10 a.m., with the 100-meter hurdles. She finished sixth at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships a year ago. A half-hour later, Brandon Hoskins (Jr., Garden City, Texas) will open the decathlon competition with the 100-meter dash. Hoskins recently claimed the first decathlon All-America distinction of his career by placing seventh at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Meanwhile, freshman Chenoa Freeman (Lincoln, Del.) will run in the last of four 400-meter dash heats in the Finish Line USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships, also being contested at the Michael A. Carroll Track & Soccer Stadium, on the campus of IUPUI. The junior women's 400-meter prelims are slated to go off at 12:35 p.m.