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Josh MacDonald

Class: R-Senior
Height: 5-8

Previous School: Redwood Christian H.S.

Hometown: San Leandro, Calif.

Cross Country Personal Bests
8K: 23:59.3
Sept. 28, 2013 – Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational
Earlysville, Va.

10K: 29:33.6
Nov. 15, 2013 - NCAA Southeast Regional Championship
Earlysville, Va.

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)
2013 (Buena Vista, Va.): 4th place, 26:13.63 (All-Big South)
2014 (Boiling Springs, N.C.): 19th place, 26:23.2

NCAA Southeast Regional Championship (10K)
2010 (Louisville, Ky.): 86th place, 32:52.7
2011 (Louisville, Ky.): 61st place, 31:44.1
2013 (Earlysville, Va.): 15th place, 29:33.6 (All-Region)
2014 (Louisville, Ky.): 88th place, 32:00.2

Top Track Times at Liberty
1K: 2:38.80
1,500: 3:55.56
Mile: 4:20.31
3K: 8:18.38
3K Steeplechase: 8:49.14
5K: 14:05.87
10K: 29:57.64

2014 Outdoor Track & Field (Sr.)
• Voted Big South Men's Outstanding Track Performer after scoring 23 points at the conference meet
• Won his first career Big South steeplechase title, placed second in the 10K and came in fourth in the 5K
• Ran the steeplechase at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet for the third time and also competed in the 5K at the meet
• IC4A steeplechase runner-up, in a season-best time of 8:50.15
• Ran a personal-best 5K time of 14:05.87 at the Raleigh Relays, climbing to No. 5 in program history
• Dropped his 1,500 personal best to 3:55.56 at the Liberty Twilight Qualifier
• Named ECAC Division I South Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week on April 9, after his 8:54.07 steeplechase effort at the Stanford Invitational

2013-14 Indoor Track & Field (Sr.)
• Finished as the 5K runner-up at both the Big South and IC4A meets
• Also came in fourth in the Big South 3K final
• Captured the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup 5K title for the second time in his career (also 2012)
• Recorded two personal-best times on the same day at the Hokie Invitational, including the mile (4:20.31) and 3K (8:18.38)

2013 Cross Country (R-Jr.)
• The most consistent performer for the Big South champion Flames, he earned both all-region and All-Big South honors
• Closed his year with an impressive 15th-place finish at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship for his first career all-region nod
• Finished just 11 seconds away from qualifying for the NCAA national meet
• Placed a career-best fourth at the Big South Championship
• Named Big South Runner of the Week after his personal-best 8K time of 23:59.3 and ninth-place showing at the Virginia/Panorama Farms Invitational
• Liberty's top finisher at the ISU Pre-National Invitational, where he came in 109th in the blue race

2013 Outdoor Track & Field (Jr.)
• Big South Presidential Honor Roll
• Excelled in the steeplechase, including his first IC4A championship in a personal-best time of 8:49.14
• Ran the steeplechase at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet for the second year in a row
• Kept busy at the Big South meet, scoring 20 points in three events (second in the 5K, third in the steeplechase and third in the 10K)
• Opened his year with an 8:57.26 steeplechase at the Coastal Carolina Invitational, earning Big South Men's Track Athlete of the Week accolades on March 13
• Became the seventh Flame ever to run a sub-30:00 10K with his 29:57.64 performance at the Stanford Invitational

2012-13 Indoor Track & Field (Jr.)
• Won his first career conference title, claiming first place in the Big South 5K final
• Came in third in the IC4A 5K, thanks to an indoor personal-best time of 14:10.33 (No. 4 in program history)
• Anchored Liberty's distance medley relay team to third place at the Big South meet

2012 Cross Country (Jr.)
• Did not compete in any races and was redshirted

2012 Outdoor Track & Field (So.)
• Included on the Big South Presidential Honor Roll
• Enjoyed a stellar season of steeplechase running, which culminated in his first appearance at the NCAA Division I East Preliminary Round meet
• Clocked a season-best steeplechase time of 8:56.65 at the Big South meet, finishing as the conference runner-up and climbing to No. 3 in program history
• Also posted lofty steeplechase finishes at the IC4A meet (third place) and Penn Relays (fifth place)
• Season included a personal-best 1,500 (4:01.88) effort and a 30:57.09 10K

2011-12 Indoor Track & Field (So.)
• Improved his 5K clocking each of the five times he ran the event on the year, dropping his indoor best from 15:04 to 14:32 in the process
• Finished the season with a 14:32.18 IC4A clocking, taking 15th place in the race and the No. 9 spot on Liberty's all-time list at the time
• Came in fourth in the Big South 5K final
• Won the 5K at the Sykes-Sabock Challenge Cup

2011 Cross Country (So.)
• Earned his first All-Big South honor with an eighth-place finish at the Big South Championship
• Served as the Flames' No. 3 runner at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship (61st place) and IC4A meet (26th place)
• Won the season-opening Virginia Tech Alumni Invitational
• Ran an 8K season-best time of 24:45.7 at the Charlotte Invitational

2011 Outdoor Track & Field (Fr.)
• Scored nine points at the Big South meet, placing fourth in the steeplechase and fifth in the 5K
• Finished first among conference freshmen in both the Big South steeplechase and 5K finals
• Season-best steeplechase time of 9:15.37 came at the Big South meet
• Placed fifth in the steeplechase at the USA Junior Outdoor Track & Field Championships

2010-11 Indoor Track & Field (Fr.)
• Only races during the indoor season were a pair of 5Ks
• Came in fourth in the Big South 5K final, crossing the line in 15:04.37

2010 Cross Country (Fr.)
• Made his Liberty debut at the Virginia Tech Cross Country Relay, pairing with David Ricksecker for a second-place team finish
• At the Big South meet, placed second among freshmen, fourth on Liberty's team and 11th overall
• Posted an 86th-place finish at the NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Championship, including 15th among freshmen
• Competed in the junior men's race at the 2011 USA Cross Country Championships

• Graduated from Redwood Christian High School
• Coached by Liberty cross country/track & field 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
• Finished as the California Interscholastic Foundation state cross country runner-up in Division V as a senior
• Personal-best times included 4:23 (1,600), 9:24 (3,200), 15:03 (5K) and 6:03 (2K steeplechase)

• Son of Ed and Lisa MacDonald
• Graduated with a bachelor's degree in sport management in May 2014
• Birthday is on March 20