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McDougal Keeps Unbeaten Streak Alive At Pre-Nationals; Newby Sets School Record In Women's Race
McDougal's (Jr., Peru, N.Y.) winning time was 23:14, just two seconds off the course record at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course, established by McDougal in last year's Pre-Nationals event. The junior is still unbeaten in his college cross country career outside of the national meet.
Joseph Lomong of Northern Arizona placed second in 23:18 and Jacob Korir of Eastern Kentucky, second behind McDougal at the Greater Louisville Classic, took third in a time of 23:24. McDougal's time would have won the blue race as well. Martin Fagan of Providence took the top prize in the first of two men's races with a 23:30 effort.
Newby (Jr., Hayden Lake, Idaho) placed 82nd out of 245 finishers with her school-record effort. Her mark of 21:31 was four seconds faster than assistant coach Heather (Sagan) Zealand ran at the 2001 NCAA Regional meet at Furman. Newby has now been Liberty's top finisher in each of this season's four competitions.
McDougal's first-place effort enabled coach Brant Tolsma's men's team to finish 19th out of 36 men's squads. Fifth-ranked Iona edged third-ranked Stanford, 100-106 to take the men's team title in the white race. Liberty totaled 489 points to place 19th.
Jordan McDougal (R-So., Peru, N.Y.) and Jarvis Jelen (Jr., Sioux Falls, S.D.) provided a solid 2-3 punch for the Flames, placing 53rd and 54th, respectively in the 246-runner field. McDougal's time was 24:29 while Jelen came in at 24:30.
Freshman Josh Edmonds (Cooperstown, N.Y.) came in 182nd with a 25:33 clocking. Drew Ponder (Jr., Colonial Heights, Va.) gave Liberty five finishers under 26 minutes, crossing the line in 25:56, a time that was good for 205th place. Nate Edwards (Jr., Warren, Mich.) also competed, placing 236th with a 26:41.
On the women's side, top-ranked Stanford showed why it deserves that status, placing four runners in the top eight and rolling to a 45-200 landslide over 18th-rated Minnesota in the blue race. Liberty's final total was 770 points as the Lady Flames ended up 31st.
Carol Jefferson (Jr., Schwenksville, Pa.) was Liberty's second finisher, crossing the line in 22:02, a time that was good enough for 140th place. Sarah Roberts (Jr., Zeiglerville, Pa.) followed closely behind, finishing 154th in a time of 22:08.
Sophomore Rebekah Ricksecker (Laurel, Del.) (188th place, 22:33) and junior Jo Welch (Castro Valley, Calif.) (206th, 22:51) were the Lady Flames' fourth and fifth runners.
Coming in sixth for Liberty was Reyna Quiroz (R-Jr., Canyonville, Ore.) (208th, 22:53) and Ashley Osborne (So., Bristol, Va.) (224th, 23:14) rounded out the Lady Flames' top seven.
The Liberty men's and women's teams will now have a weekend off before traveling to Charleston, S.C. for the 2006 Big South Cross Country Championships on Oct. 28. The Liberty men's squad is coming off its first Big South title since 1999 and the women's harriers are seeking to improve upon their second-place finish a season ago.
Men's 8K White Race
1) Josh McDougal, 23:14
2) Joseph Lomong, Northern Arizona, 23:18
3) Jacob Korir, Eastern Kentucky, 23:24
4) Neftalem Aria, Stanford, 23:29
5) Forest Braden, Boise State, 23:38
53) Jordan McDougal, 24:29
54) Jarvis Jelen, 24:30
182) Josh Edmonds, 25:33
205) Drew Ponder, 25:56
236) Nate Edwards, 26:41
1) Iona, 100
2) Stanford, 106
3) Florida, 217
4) Notre Dame, 255
5) Iowa, 270
19) Liberty, 489
Women's 6K Blue Race
1) Michelle Sikes, Wake Forest, 20:16
2) Arianna Lambie, Stanford, 20:20
3) Kassi Andersen, Brigham Young, 20:22
4) Teresa McWalters, Stanford, 20:24
5) Amanda Trotter, Stanford, 20:27
82) Piper Newby, 21:31
140) Carol Jefferson, 22:02
154) Sarah Roberts, 22:08
188) Rebekah Ricksecker, 22:33
206) Jo Welch, 22:51
208) Reyna Quiroz, 22:53
224) Ashley Osborne, 23:14
1) Stanford, 45
2) Minnesota, 200
3) Arizona State, 224
4) Brigham Young, 242
5) Providence, 247
31) Liberty, 770