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McDougal Receives USTFCCCA Regional Award

March 10, 2008
|  Lynchburg, Va.
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Josh McDougal has qualified for this weekend's NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships at 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Image of Sport)

Josh McDougal has qualified for this weekend's NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships at 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Image of Sport)

Liberty senior distance standout Josh McDougal, currently making final preparations for this weekend's NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, has won the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) Southeast Region Men's Track Athlete of the Year award.

McDougal (Peru, N.Y.) captured the honor for the first time in his indoor track & field career, despite running only four races all season. He won all four races he entered, including the Big South Conference mile and 3,000-meter events.

McDougal opened his season with a 5,000-meter race at the Liberty Kickoff, just 12 days after capturing the NCAA Division I national cross country championship. The Empire State native sped to a 13:45.16 clocking on his home track at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center. His time held up as the fastest of the season by an NCAA performer and ranks No. 2 on the world list.

His time also earned automatic qualification to the indoor national meet, which will be held this Friday and Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark. McDougal will compete in the 5,000-meter final Friday evening at 8:50 p.m. Eastern. The 12-time All-American placed eighth in the event last season.
McDougal's fastest 3,000-meter effort of the season came on Feb. 29, at the New Balance Big South Indoor Track & Field Championships. He set a meet record and moved up to No. 6 on the national performance list with his 7:54.85 performance.

McDougal is also qualified for the national meet at 3,000 meters, and will aim for his fourth-straight top-five finish this weekend. The third-place finisher in 2007, McDougal is slated to run the 3,000-meter final Saturday at 8:35 p.m. Eastern, at the Randal Tyson Track Center.