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McDougal's Runner-Up Effort Leads Liberty Men To Seventh Place At Regional Meet; Women's Team Places 12th

November 11, 2006  Louisville, Ky.  RSS
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Josh McDougal placed second on Saturday.

Josh McDougal placed second on Saturday.

Liberty junior Josh McDougal finished second at Saturday's NCAA Division I Southeast Regional Cross Country Championship, helping the Flames' men's cross country team place seventh. The Lady Flames, led by Piper Newby's 29th-place effort, ended up 12th at the event held at E.P. Tom Sawyer State Park in Louisville, Ky. 

The Liberty men's team, coached by Brant Tolsma, finished seventh in a field of 32 teams with 237 points, improving two places from the 2005 regional meet. N.C. State captured the team title with 64, edging runner-up William & Mary by six points. Those two teams garnered automatic bids to the NCAA National Championship. 

On the women's side, Liberty placed 12th out of 32 schools, one place better than it did a season ago, tallying 331 points. N.C. State made it a sweep of the regional titles, taking the women's team championship with 61 points. Duke took the second automatic qualifying spot to the national meet with 70 points. 

McDougal (Jr., Peru, N.Y.), the two-time defending regional champion, was defeated for the first time in his collegiate career in a meet outside of the NCAA National Championship. He had won his first 18 non-national cross country races. Eastern Kentucky's Jacob Korir won on Saturday, finishing the 10K race in a time of 30:03, 20 seconds ahead of McDougal's 30:23 clocking. Despite the setback, the Liberty junior qualified for the NCAA National Championship as an individual. 

McDougal was followed across the line by his brother, Jordan McDougal (R-So., Peru, N.Y.), who came in 32nd in a time of 31:51. Junior Jarvis Jelen (Sioux Falls, S.D.) and freshman Josh Edmonds (Cooperstown, N.Y.) were not far behind the younger McDougal. Jelen placed 38th with a 31:55 effort and Edmonds was 42nd in a time of 32:04. 

Drew Ponder (Jr., Colonial Heights, Va.) was Liberty's fifth runner, clocking a 33:29 that was good for 128th place. Classmate Nate Edwards (Warren, Mich.) also competed for the Flames on Saturday, placing 188th in a time of 35:06. 

It was fitting that Newby (Jr., Hayden Lake, Idaho) was the first finisher for the Lady Flames, as she has served as Liberty's number one runner in every race this season. She closed her year in style, finishing the 6K course in a time of 21:34. That time was just three seconds slower than her own school record and was the second-best 6K time in program history. Newby finished 1:19 behind meet champion Julia Lucas of N.C. State. 

Carol Jefferson (Jr., Schwenksville, Pa.) ran a PR time of 21:59 to place 46th, while sophomore Rebekah Ricksecker (Laurel, Del.) also recorded her best 6K clocking (22:28), good for 76th. 

Sarah Roberts (Jr., Zeiglerville, Pa.) came in 90th, ending up with a 22:43. Jo Welch (Jr., Castro Valley, Calif.) crossed the line six seconds and five places behind Roberts, closing out the top five. 

Also completing their respective cross country seasons on Saturday in Louisville were Reyna Quiroz (R-Jr., Canyonville, Ore.), who was 109th in 23:04, and Ashley Osborne (So., Bristol, Va.), who came in 128th in a time of 23:20. 

Josh McDougal will compete in the NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championship for the third-consecutive year. The meet will be held on Nov. 20 at the LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course in Terre Haute, Ind. The men's 10K championship will begin at 1:15 p.m. McDougal finished 13th at this meet as a freshman in 2004 and was fourth a season ago to cap his sophomore campaign.

Men's 10K Race

Individual Finishers:
1) Jacob Korir, Eastern Kentucky, 30:03
2) Josh McDougal, 30:23
3) Itay Magidi, Clemson, 30:28
4) Cory Thorne, Louisville, 30:31
5) Jan Foerster, Virginia, 30:34
6) John Crews, N.C. State, 30:37
7) Keith Bechtol, William & Mary, 30:38
8) Christo Landry, William & Mary, 30:44
9) Stephen Furst, N.C. State, 30:48
10) David Kemboi, Norfolk State, 30:55
32) Jordan McDougal, 31:51
38) Jarvis Jelen, 31:55
42) Josh Edmonds, 32:04
128) Drew Ponder, 33:29
188) Nate Edwards, 35:06

Team Standings:
1) N.C. State, 64
2) William & Mary, 70
3) Louisville, 80
4) Virginia, 131
5) Clemson, 201
7) Liberty, 237

Women's 6K Race

Individual Finishers:
1) Julia Lucas, N.C. State, 20:15
2) Michelle Sikes, Wake Forest, 20:22
3) Emily McCabe, Duke, 20:24
4) Maddie McKeever, Duke, 20:29
5) Bona Jones, N.C. State, 20:32
6) Emily Harrison, Virginia, 20:34
7) Kara Scanlin, Virginia, 20:36
8) Julia Viellehner, Coastal Carolina, 20:40
9) Brianna Felnagle, North Carolina, 20:52
10) Brittany Tinsley, N.C. State, 20:57
29) Piper Newby, 21:34
46) Carol Jefferson, 21:59
76) Rebekah Ricksecker, 22:28
90) Sarah Roberts, 22:43
95) Jo Welch, 22:49
109) Reyna Quiroz, 23:04
128) Ashley Osborne, 23:20

Team Standings:
1) N.C. State, 61
2) Duke, 70
3) Virginia Tech, 83
4) Virginia, 109
5) Wake Forest, 164
12) Liberty, 331