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Liberty Enters National Meet Ranked No. 25

March 11, 2008
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Josh McDougal has helped Liberty remain in the national Top 25 poll for much of the 2007-08 indoor track & field season.

Josh McDougal has helped Liberty remain in the national Top 25 poll for much of the 2007-08 indoor track & field season.

Despite finishing second at last weekend's IC4A Indoor Track & Field Championships, the Liberty men's indoor track & field team slipped two spots, to No. 25, in the final U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) poll of the season.

Florida State, the two-time defending national champion in men's outdoor track & field, is ranked No. 1 entering this weekend's NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. The Seminoles' toughest competition figures to come from No. 2 Tennessee and No. 3 LSU at the meet, to be held at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., this Friday and Saturday.

Liberty will send two athletes to Arkansas this weekend, as Clendon Henderson (Sr., Meadow, Texas) will throw the shot put and Josh McDougal (Sr., Peru, N.Y.) is entered at both 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters.

This is the second-straight week Liberty has been ranked in the USTFCCCA Top 25 poll, which based solely on a mathematical formula using the national performance lists. Earlier this season, the Flames were ranked as high as No. 7, on Jan. 30.

Henderson, seeded No. 8 in the shot put, will begin competition at his first national indoor meet Friday at 3:30 p.m. Eastern. McDougal is the top seed in the 5,000-meter run and sits No. 6 at 3,000 meters. He will run the 5K Friday evening at 8:50 p.m. Eastern, and will come back with the 3K on Saturday at 8:35 p.m. Eastern.

USTFCCCA Division I men's indoor track & field rankings
Rank – School (Points)

1 – Florida State (126.17)
2 – Tennessee (105.84)
3 – LSU (92.65)
4 – Arizona State (87.54)
5 – Arkansas (85.79)
6 – Florida (83.89)
7 – Stanford (79.93)
8 – Oregon (71.98)
9 – Texas (68.38)
10 – Northern Iowa (61.75)
11 – Washington (60.52)
12 – Oklahoma (54.72)
13 – Texas Tech (54.62)
14 – Nebraska (50.85)
15 – Clemson (50.11)
16 – Arizona (49.74)
17 – Georgia (47.35)
18 – Auburn (46.59)
19 – Kentucky (45.79)
20 – BYU (45.61)
21 – Boise State (45.23)
22 – Kansas (45.09)
23 – Texas A&M (44.89)
24 – Villanova (43.33)
25 – Liberty (42.92)