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McDougal's Record Effort Helps Flames Finish Third at Louisville; Lady Flames Take Fourth

September 30, 2006
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Josh McDougal raced to his 11th course record.

Josh McDougal raced to his 11th course record.

Liberty junior Josh McDougal established a new 8K course record at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park on Saturday, covering the terrain in a time of 23:16 to win his third race of the season at the Greater Louisville Classic.  His performance helped the Flames finish third in the team standings.

Junior Piper Newby was the Lady Flames' top finisher for the third-consecutive meet, running a 5K personal-best time of 18:26.  Her 16th-place effort lifted the Liberty women's squad to fourth place in the race contested at the site of the NCAA Southeast Regional Championships.

Three of the top 10 finishers in the men's gold race sported Liberty singlets.  That was a key factor in the Flames' third-place finish.  Liberty tallied 143 points.  Host Louisville ran away with the team title, scoring 51 markers.  Tennesse came in second, finishing with 84 points.  There were 36 total men's teams entered in the race.

On the women's side, a tight, 41-second spread between Newby and the Lady Flames' fifth runner, Ashley Osborne (So., Bristol, Va.) helped Liberty edge Kentucky for the fourth spot, 156-163.  Georgia Tech took the championship trophy with 83 points, winning easily over runner-up Chattanooga (139 points).  Louisville held off coach Brant Tolsma's Lady Flames by six points to finish third.  Thirty-one women's teams toed the starting line in the gold race.

McDougal (Peru, N.Y.) has enjoyed a number of runaway victories in his career but this was not one of them.  He was challenged by Eastern Kentucky junior Jacob Korir, who finished just four seconds back.  Both McDougal and Korir smashed the course record of 23:46, established in 2005 by Louisville's Wesley Korir, Saturday's fourth-place runner.  McDougal's course record was the 11th of his career.  His time was also the second-best 8K effort in Liberty history, four seconds off his own 23:12 effort at the 2005 Pre-Nationals.

Younger brother Jordan McDougal (R-So., Peru, N.Y.) recovered from a tough race at the Roy Griak Invitational to take eighth place in a time of 24:35.  Junior Jarvis Jelen (Sioux Falls, S.D.) recorded a personal-best 24:42 to come in 10th.

Freshman Josh Edmonds (Cooperstown, N.Y.) crossed the line in 25:39 to take 53rd out of 325 runners.  Drew Ponder (Jr., Colonial Heights, Va.), a junior, rounded out the Liberty scorers.  He placed 90th in a time of 26:06.

Nate Edwards (Jr., Warren, Mich.) (26:46, 158th place) and James Doak (So., Kintnersville, Pa.) (27:40, 242nd) were Liberty's number six and seven finishers.

Newby (Hayden Lake, Idaho) has now established a new personal best in each race this season.  Her time of 18:24 Saturday morning left her in 16th place, less than a minute behind race winner Tarah McKay of Louisville (17:26).  Teammates Carol Jefferson (Jr., Schwenksville, Pa.) and Sarah Roberts (Jr., Zeiglerville, Pa.) were not far behind.  Jefferson also set a personal record, finishing 21st in 18:30, while Roberts came in 27th in 18:37.

Rebekah Ricksecker (So., Laurel, Del.) broke 19 minutes for the first time in her career, clocking an 18:50 to place 41st.  Osborne closed out the Liberty scoring when she ended up 61st in a time of 19:05.

Reyna Quiroz (R-Jr., Canyonville, Ore.) (19:26, 86th place) and Jo Welch (Jr., Castro Valley, Calif.) (19:31, 95th) finished sixth and seventh, respectively, among the Liberty women's runners.

The Liberty men's and women's teams will be off this coming weekend before splitting up to compete in two Oct. 14 competitions.  Some Liberty runners will travel to Terre Haute, Ind. for the Pre-Nationals.  Many of the nation's best harriers will converge at the site of the NCAA National Championships for that meet.  Other Liberty athletes will participate in the VMI Invitational, tackling a challenging course at the Virginia Horse Center.
 
Men's 8K Gold Race
 
Individual Finishers:
1) Josh McDougal, 23:16 (Course Record)
2) Jacob Korir, Eastern Kentucky, 23:20
3) Elkanah Kibet, Rend Lake, 24:01
4) Wesley Korir, Louisville, 24:07
5) Colin Sullivan, Unattached, 24:20
8) Jordan McDougal, 24:35
10) Jarvis Jelen, 24:42
53) Josh Edmonds, 25:39
90) Drew Ponder, 26:06
158) Nate Edwards, 26:46
242) James Doak, 27:40
318) Amos Mburu, 31:08
 
Team Standings:
1) Louisville, 51
2) Tennessee, 84
3) Liberty, 143
4) Eastern Kentucky, 165
5) Clemson, 187
 
Women's 5K Gold Race
 
Individual Finishers:
1) Tarah McKay, Louisville, 17:26
2) Lanni Marchant, Chattanooga, 17:33
3) Bethany McCoy, Olivet Nazarene, 17:54
4) Bonita Paul, Unattached, 17:55
5) Brittany Sizer, Vanderbilt, 17:56
16) Piper Newby, 18:24
21) Carol Jefferson, 18:30
27) Sarah Roberts, 18:37
41) Rebekah Ricksecker, 18:50
61) Ashley Osborne, 19:05
86) Reyna Quiroz, 19:26
95) Jo Welch, 19:31
145) Leah Ramey, 19:59
208) Rebekah Wahlquist, 21:00
238) Meleia Johnson, 21:35
 
Team Standings:
1) Georgia Tech, 83
2) Chattanooga, 139
3) Louisville, 150
4) Liberty, 156
5) Kentucky, 163