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McDougal Scorches Competition
For the second year in a row Liberty's Josh McDougal claimed the NCAA Southeast Cross Country Regional Championship as he ran the 10k course in a record-setting time of 29:40.1 this morning at Lake Kristi.
He improved the previous time of 30:06, under the exact layout of the 10k course from a year ago. Following McDougal were Jacob Korir, Eastern Kentucky (29:49.8) and Ian Fitzgerald, William & Mary (30:04.9).
McDougal will now return to the event, and course, where he suffered his lone loss as a collegiate runner as he looks to capture the cross country national championship which is held at Indiana State University on November 21.
As a team, Liberty placed ninth with 276 points. Jarvis Jelen (So., Sioux Falls, S.D.) placed 26th with a time of 30:50.5, followed by Evan Falat (Sr., Stockton, Calif.) who placed 52nd in a time of 31:48.6. Drew Ponder (So., Colonial Heights, Va.) finished 84th with a time of 32:18.0, while Clint Jackson (So., Colorado Springs, Colo.) rounded out the top five scorers for the men with a time of 32:49.9 for a 121st-place finish.
The William & Mary (68 points) men's team knocked off defending champion N.C. State to capture the NCAA Southeast Regional Cross Country Championship. With the victory, William & Mary earns an automatic bid to the national championships. Virginia (91) placed second, followed by N.C. State (96), Duke (198) and James Madison (204) to round out the top five teams.
On the women's side, the Lady Flames finished 13th with 380 points. Leading the way for the team was Carol Jefferson (So., Schwenksville, Pa.) as she ran the 6k course in a time of 22:02.4 for a 59th-place finish. Danielle Jordan (So., Medford, Ore.) placed 70th with a time of 22:14.1, while Chelsey Swanson (r-Jr., Littleton, Colo.) came away with a 79th-place finish in a time of 22:25.7. Rounding out the top five finishers for Liberty were Reyna Quiroz (r-So., Canyonville, Ore.) and Rebekah Ricksecker (Fr., Laurel, Del.) as they placed 86th and 96th with times of 22:35.7 and 22:46.7, respectively.
The Blue Devils Shannon Rowbury (19:55) laid claimed to the individual title, while teammate Clara Horowitz (19:59) finished second, as both qualify for the NCAA Championships in Terre Haute. N.C. State's Jemissa Hess rounded out the top three at a pace of 20:08.
The Duke (33 points) women's team successfully defended its title of the NCAA Southeast Regional Cross Country Championship with a victory over ACC rivals N.C. State (78), Virginia (149) and Wake Forest (151), while William and Mary (180) rounded out the top five teams.
As a team, Liberty's men's and women's cross country seasons come to end, but Josh McDougal will represent the Flames as he looks to become the first Liberty cross country national champion on November 21 at the NCAA National Championships.