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Another Race, Another Record For McDougal
For the second time in as many races Josh McDougal has asserted himself as one of, if not, the nation's premier cross country runner as he set a new course record with a time of 23:12.6 at Pre-Nationals this afternoon on the La Vern Gibson Championship Course.
The old record was destroyed by McDougal (So., Peru, N.Y.) as he broke the record by 18 seconds, which was set earlier in the day during the Blue Race by BYU's Josh Rohatinsky.
Not only did McDougal set a new course record, but he also established a new Big South record. Running second for the Flames was Jarvis Jelen (So., Sioux Falls, S.D.) as he ran the 8k course in 24:48.3. Jordan McDougal (r-Fr., Peru, N.Y.), who battled breathing problems, ran as high as 10th but fell back to 82nd place with a time of 24:59.7, while Clint Jackson (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) placed 152nd with a time of 25:39.6. Sophomore Drew Ponder (So., Colonial Heights, Va.) recorded a personal best with a time of 25:50.9 to place 166th to round of the Flames scorer's.
"Josh continued to amaze everyone," remarked head coach Brant Tolsma. "I think he really stamped himself as a contender for the national championship with this performance."
"As a team, we had mixed results," explained Tolsma. "We had to battle some problems, but we feel they are problems we can correct."
Overall the men placed 16th out of 34 teams with 464 points. Colorado, Notre Dame, Florida, Iowa and Portland rounded out the top five.
On the women's side, the Lady Flames were paced by Sarah Roberts (So., Zeiglerville, Pa.) as she finished 91st with a time of 21:54.1 on the 6k course. Carol Jefferson (So., Schwenksville, Pa.) placed 113th with a time of 22:09.9, while Danielle Jordan (So., Medford, Ore.) and Chelsey Swanson (r-Jr., Littleton, Colo.) finished 146th and 168th with times of 22:30.4 and 22:49.5, respectively. Rounding out the scorer's for the women was Reyna Quiroz (r-So., Canyonville, Ore.) who placed 171st with a time of 22:50.3.
"We ran a solid race," commented Tolsma. "Our women's team got some good experience at a big meet."
Overall, the women placed 27th. Stanford, Notre Dame, Columbia, Brigham Young and North Carolina State rounded out the top five.
Liberty will take next week off in preparation for the Big South Championships on October 29, in Lexington, Va.