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McDougal Advances To Finals At NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
Liberty's Josh McDougal finished sixth in his preliminary heat of the 5,000 meters, while an injury forced Brandon Hoskins to pull out of competition in the decathlon in the first day's action at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
McDougal (So., Perry, N.Y.) posted a time of 14:00.22 in Heat 2 of the 5,000 meters to finish sixth in the heat that included the seven fastest times of the two preliminary heats. Texas A&M Corpus Christi's Shadrack Songok recorded the fastest time of the day with a time of 13:55.32, while Arkansas' Seth Summerside followed closely behind with a time of 13:55.73.
Of the 26 runners in the event, McDougal was one of 16 to qualify for the finals on Friday at 7:30 p.m. (PST) which will be the final event of the third day of competition at the Championship.
Hoskins (So., Garden City Texas), who entered the Championship with a hamstring injury, was able to complete in the 100 meters, the long jump and the shot put before his injury flared back up and forced him to pull out of the decathlon.
Hoskins finished 11th in the 100 meters with a time of 11:40, 16th in the long jump with a distance of 6.65 meters and 11th in the shot put with a distance of 12.85 meters. Hoskins compiled 2,164 points in the first three events and was ranked 15th out of 26 athletes when he pulled out of the decathlon.