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McDougal, Hoskins and McNaney Ranked Among Nation's Best in 2006

January 8, 2007
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Danielle McNaney (left), Josh McDougal and Brandon Hoskins

Danielle McNaney (left), Josh McDougal and Brandon Hoskins

Liberty juniors Josh McDougal and Brandon Hoskins and 2005 Liberty graduate, Danielle McNaney each ranked among the top 40 United States athletes in their respective events during 2006, as published in the January 2007 issue of Track & Field News. McDougal was listed in a trio of distance races. 

McDougal, a seven-time All-American, finished the year as the 15th-fastest American in the 3,000 meters, was 27th in the 10,000 meters and was listed 37th in the mile. Hoskins and McNaney were both ranked in multi events, as Hoskins was the United States' 17th-best decathlete and McNaney was 10th in the heptathlon. 

McDougal's lofty ranking in the 3,000 meters came on the strength of his 7:53.16 clocking on March 4, which allowed him to run away with a first-place finish in the event at the IC4A Indoor Track and Field Championships. Bernard Lagat was the top American at 7:34.41. 

McDougal posted a 28:49.79 for 10,000 meters at the Virginia Invitational on April 14, establishing a school record in the process. Abdi Abdirahman ranked first among Americans with a 27:22.81 effort in the 10K. 

McDougal ranked 37th in the mile after nearly joining the sub-4:00 mile club on Feb. 18 at the Liberty Last Chance Meet at the Tolsma Indoor Track Center. The native of Peru, N.Y., ran a 4:01.63 at the event. Lagat was the United States' best at 3:51.53. 

Hoskins' best score in the decathlon during 2006 was 7,529, a figure he tallied on March 31 and April 1 at the Asics Liberty Collegiate Invitational to win the event at the Matthes-Hopkins Track Complex. America's Bryan Clay was the yearly world leader with a score of 8,677. 

McNaney recorded a heptathlon score of 5,673 on June 23-24 at the AT&T United States Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Indianapolis. The mark was good enough for sixth place. Gi-Gi Johnson, the United States champion, notched the top heptathlon score of any American last year, 6,183.