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McDougal's Course Record Leads Liberty Harriers to Lou Onesty Team Title; Lady Flames Fourth

September 9, 2006  Earlysville, Va.  RSS
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Piper Newby finished 11th Saturday morning.

Piper Newby finished 11th Saturday morning.

Junior Josh McDougal (Peru, N.Y.) broke the course record at Virginia's cross country course at Panorama Farms, leading the Liberty men's cross country team to a first-place finish in the season-opening Lou Onesty Invitational Saturday morning.  Junior Piper Newby (Hayden Lake, Idaho) enjoyed a breakthrough performance, finishing 11th to lead the Lady Flames to a fourth-place team effort.

Coach Brant Tolsma's men's team put five runners in the top 19, including three of the top four placers, to record a team score of 41.  That mark gave the team title to the Flames, putting them ahead of 2005 NCAA national meet qualifiers Virginia (2nd, 88 points) and William & Mary (3rd, 94 points).  There were 12 total men's squads in attendance.

The Lady Flames tallied 118 points, finishing fourth out of 11 teams.  The host Cavaliers won the meet with 29 points, edging ACC rival Wake Forest, who totaled 41 markers.

McDougal set a cross country course record for the 10th time in his career, traversing the undulating 8K course in 24:14.  The previous mark of 24:21 was set by Saturday's runner-up, Norfolk State's David Kemboi, at the 2005 Lou Onesty Invitational.  McDougal outdistanced Kemboi by 18 seconds in today's meet.

McDougal's younger brother, Jordan McDougal (R-So., Peru, N.Y.) ran much of the race side-by-side with Jarvis Jelen (Jr., Sioux Falls, S.D.).  In the end, Jelen edged McDougal at the tape.  Both finished in 25:00, with Jelen placing third and McDougal fourth out of the field of 115 finishers.

Drew Ponder (Jr., Colonial Heights, Va.) ran a strong second half of the race to move up into 16th place (25:55).  He finished just ahead of freshman teammate Josh Edmonds (Cooperstown, N.Y.), who took 19th place in a time of 25:57.

Junior Nate Edwards (Warren, Mich.) (61st place, 27:29) and sophomore James Doak (Kintnersville, Pa.) (81st place, 28:16) rounded out the top seven for the men's squad.

As mentioned above, Newby fashioned a stellar performance, eclipsing her previous 5K cross country PR by nearly a minute on a warm, sunny morning.  Her time of 18:38 left her just outside the top 10.  Junior Sarah Roberts (Zeiglerville, Pa.) placed 17th in a time of 18:53.

Junior Carol Jefferson (Schwenksville, Pa.) started out well but was affected by the heat as the race progressed.  She was still able to hold on for a 34th-place finish out of 113 finishers, crossing the line in 19:33.  Sophomore Rebekah Ricksecker (Laurel, Del.) was Liberty's fourth female finisher, placing 44th overall in a time of 19:59.  Reyna Quiroz (R-Jr., Canyonville, Ore.) was close behind in 46th place, clocking a 20:05 to round out the LU scorers.

Sophomore Ashley Osborne (Bristol, Va.) (48th place, 20:08) and junior Jo Welch (Castro Valley, Calif.) (57th place, 20:24) were the Lady Flames' sixth and seventh finishers.

The Liberty harriers will travel to St. Paul, Minn. for their next meet, the prestigious Roy Griak Invitational on Sept. 23.
Men's 8K Race
Individual Finishers:
1) Josh McDougal, 24:14 (Course Record)
2) David Kemboi, Norfolk State, 24:32
3) Jarvis Jelen, 25:00
4) Jordan McDougal, 25:00
5) Andrew Jesien, Virginia, 25:17
16) Drew Ponder, 25:55
19) Josh Edmonds, 25:57
61) Nate Edwards, 27:29
81) James Doak, 28:16
101) Amos Mburu, 30:05
Team Standings:
1) Liberty, 41
2) Virginia, 88
3) William & Mary, 94
4) Wake Forest, 116
5) Norfolk State, 123
Women's 5K Race
Individual Finishers:
1) Michelle Sikes, Wake Forest, 17:20
2) Emily Harrison, Virginia, 17:43
3) Maria-Elena Calle, Unattached, 17:48
4) Katie Read, Virginia, 17:49
5) Caitlin Chrisman, Wake Forest, 17:55
11) Piper Newby, 18:38
17) Sarah Roberts, 18:53
34) Carol Jefferson, 19:33
44) Rebekah Ricksecker, 19:59
46) Reyna Quiroz, 20:05
48) Ashley Osborne, 20:08
57) Jo Welch, 20:24
77) Leah Ramey, 21:12
78) Molly Morgan, 21:23
79) Rebekah Wahlquist, 21:27
97) Meleia Johnson, 22:51
Team Standings:
1) Virginia, 29
2) Wake Forest, 41
3) William & Mary, 75
4) Liberty, 118
5) High Point, 149