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Josh MacDonaldClass: Sophomore
Previous School: Redwood Christian H.S.
Hometown: San Leandro, Calif.
2010-11 (Fr.): The top freshman on Liberty's Big South championship-winning team … made his Flames debut at the Virginia Tech Cross Country Relays, pairing up with David Ricksecker for second place … second-fastest freshman at the Big South meet, taking 11th place in the race and the No. 4 spot in Liberty's lineup … placed 15th among freshmen at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship and 86th overall … ran in the junior men's race at the 2011 USA Cross Country Championships … On the Track: Ran a pair of 5Ks during his first collegiate indoor track season … clocked a season-best 15:04.37 for fourth place at the Big South indoor championship … scored nine points at the Big South Outdoor Track & Field Championships, thanks to a fourth-place finish in the steeplechase and a fifth-place showing in the 5K ... was the top freshman finisher in both of those races ... his 9:15.37 clocking in the Big South steeplechase ranks him No. 9 in program history ... closed out his year by placing fifth in the steeplechase at the USATF Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Prep: Attended Redwood Christian High School, where he was coached by Liberty cross country/track alum Jo (Welch) Standfield … four-time USATF All-American, including cross country and twice in the 2K steeplechase … won the young men's 2K steeplechase national championship at the 2010 USATF National Junior Olympic Championships and placed fifth in the 5K two days later ... three-time all-state cross country runner in California … finished as the California Interscholastic Foundation (CIF) state cross country runner-up in Division V as a senior … took 36th place at the 2009 Foot Locker West Regional Cross Country Championship … high school personal-best marks were 4:23 (1,600), 9:24 (3,200), 15:03 (track 5,000) and 6:03 (2K steeplechase).
Personal: Son of Ed and Lisa MacDonald … intends to major in kinesiology … birthday is March 20.
Cross Country Personal Bests
Sept. 30, 2011 – Charlotte Invitational
Nov. 12, 2011 - NCAA Southeast Regional Championship
Track Personal Bests
3K Steeplechase: 9:15.37
Big South Cross Country Championship (8K)
2010 (Blacksburg, Va.): 11th place, 25:28.97
2011 (Conway, S.C.): 8th place, 24:50 (All-Big South)
NCAA Southeast Regional Championship (10K)
2010 (Louisville, Ky.): 86th place, 32:52.7
2011 (Louisville, Ky.): 61st place, 31:44.1