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McDougal Tabbed Big South Cross Country Runner of the Week
McDougal (Peru, N.Y.), whose 8K course record had been eclipsed earlier in the day, took back the mark with a winning time of 22:56.4 in the white race. His time also improved his own Liberty and Big South Conference 8K standards. The win marked his third-straight Pre-Nationals individual title and the 15th-consecutive invitational triumph of his collegiate career.
The Flames, ranked No. 6 in the Southeast Region, have captured four Big South Men's Cross Country Runner of the Week awards this year. In addition to McDougal's pair of distinctions, Josh Edmonds (So., Cooperstown, N.Y.) earned the honor on Sept. 8 and Jarvis Jelen (Sr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) followed suit on Sept. 15.
Liberty has this weekend off from competition, prior to the New Balance Big South Cross Country Championships, which will be hosted by UNC Asheville in Hendersonville, N.C., on Oct. 27. McDougal is aiming to become the first four-time cross country champion in conference history, and hopes to lead the Flames to their third-straight Big South team crown.