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McDougal Tabbed Regional Athlete of the Year

November 16, 2007
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Josh McDougal, pictured above competing in the 2005 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship, was tabbed the USTFCCCA Southeast Region Men's Athlete of the Year on Friday. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Image of Sport)

Josh McDougal, pictured above competing in the 2005 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship, was tabbed the USTFCCCA Southeast Region Men's Athlete of the Year on Friday. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Image of Sport)

Liberty senior cross country runner Josh McDougal has been named the Southeast Region Men's Athlete of the Year by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA), it was announced today. The award comes on the heels of his third regional championship in four years.

McDougal (Peru, N.Y.), an 11-time All-American, was one of nine runners in the nation honored by the USTFCCCA on Friday. He has won all four of his races this fall, highlighted by his victory at the NCAA Southeast Regional Championship, this past Saturday. McDougal completed the course at Louisville, Ky., in a school and Big South-record time of 29:30.70 to earn his fourth-straight trip to the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championship. The national meet will take place Monday at 12:05 p.m. in Terre Haute, Ind.

McDougal's other three 2007 triumphs came at the Notre Dame Invitational, Pre-Nationals and the Big South Championship. The Pre-Nationals crown was the senior's third-straight victory at the meet and came in a course-record 8K time of 22:56.4. At the conference meet, McDougal became the Big South's first four-time cross country champion and helped the Flames capture their third-straight team title.

The Empire State native finished 13th at the 2004 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships, came in fourth in 2005 and crossed the line in 27th place a year ago. He will be seeking his first NCAA national title on Monday.