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McDougal Earns Third-Place Finish in 3K, Garnering Ninth All-America Distinction

March 10, 2007  Fayetteville, Ark.  RSS
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Josh McDougal enjoyed his best-ever finish by place at a NCAA National Championship event, coming in third in Saturday's 3,000-meter final

Josh McDougal enjoyed his best-ever finish by place at a NCAA National Championship event, coming in third in Saturday's 3,000-meter final

Liberty junior Josh McDougal won his second All-America award in as many days Saturday evening, placing third in the 3,000-meter final at the NCAA Division I National Indoor Track and Field Championships at the Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark. He is now a nine-time All-American and has placed in the top five of the 3K three times in his career. 

McDougal's (Peru, N.Y.) season-best time of 7:55.40 enabled him to achieve his best-ever place at a NCAA national meet. He had previously taken fourth at both the national cross country meet and the indoor 5,000 meters as a sophomore. The Empire State native wrapped up a weekend which also saw him come in eighth in Friday's 5,000-meter final. 

Northern Arizona's Lopez Lomong won the race, clocking a 7:49.74. Wisconsin's Chris Solinsky, the 5K champion the previous evening, was the race runner-up in 7:51.69 and helped the Badgers win their first-ever indoor national team championship. 

McDougal earned a total of seven team points for the Flames, putting Liberty in a tie with Texas Tech for 30th place in the final standings.