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McDougal Named Big South Cross Country Runner of the Week
McDougal (Peru, N.Y.), making his cross country season debut, took control of the race two miles into the five-mile course and never looked back. His time of 23:37 left the senior seven seconds clear of Notre Dame's Patrick Smyth, making McDougal 14-for-14 in winning cross country invitationals during his collegiate career. The three-time All-American's finish helped Liberty tie for ninth place out of 23 teams.
McDougal's victory marked the third-straight race a Liberty men's runner has won to start the 2007 season. Sophomore Josh Edmonds (Cooperstown, N.Y.) won the Virginia Tech Invitational on Sept. 8, setting a new course record in the process. The following Saturday, senior Jarvis Jelen (Sioux Falls, S.D.) ran away with the individual crown at the Longwood Invitational. Both Edmonds and Jelen were later named Big South Runner of the Week.
The Liberty men's and women's cross country teams are taking this weekend off, before returning to action on Oct. 13, at the Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind. McDougal is the two-time defending champion at the meet and owns the 8K course record in Terre Haute, the site of the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships.