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McDougal Places Fifth in 5K at NCAA Indoor

March 14, 2008
|  Fayetteville, Ark.
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Josh McDougal collected his 13th All-America certificate Friday evening, ending up fifth in the 5K. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Image of Sport)

Josh McDougal collected his 13th All-America certificate Friday evening, ending up fifth in the 5K. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Image of Sport)

A gutsy effort by Liberty senior Josh McDougal earned his 13th career All-America honor, Friday at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships, contested in Fayetteville, Ark. McDougal led much of the men's 5,000-meter final, before ending up fifth.

McDougal (Sr., Peru, N.Y.) took the lead shortly after the mile mark and attempted to pull away from the pack. Three runners kept pace with the Liberty senior, though, despite his 2:41.76 clocking between the 2K and 3K poles.

With two laps remaining, LaSalle's Sean Quigley became the first member of the trio to pass McDougal. The Empire State native attempted to fight his contenders off for the next lap, before falling back to fifth during the final straightaway. His final time was 13:58.62.

Texas A&M-Corpus Christi's Shadrack Songok, displaying the same closing speed he used to win the 2007 NCAA outdoor 10,000-meter crown, broke the tape in 13:51.26. Eastern Kentucky's Jacob Korir followed in 13:52.91, claiming runner-up laurels.

Also competing for the Flames on Friday was senior Clendon Henderson (Meadow, Texas), making his first appearance at the NCAA Division I Indoor Track & Field Championships. His third and final shot put attempt was his best of the day, a 56-7.5 effort. However, Henderson placed 14th of 16 entrants.

McDougal will return to action on Saturday, when he attempts to claim his fourth career All-America honor at the 3,000-meter distance. His race is scheduled to begin at 8:35 p.m. Eastern.