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McDougal Finishes 27th At NCAA National Cross Country Championship; Earns Seventh All-American Honor

November 20, 2006  Terre Haute, Ind.  RSS
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Josh McDougal finished 27th on Monday.

Josh McDougal finished 27th on Monday.

Liberty junior Josh McDougal, one of the pre-meet favorites, finished 27th at Monday's NCAA Division I National Cross Country Championship on a muddy LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course at the Wabash Family Sports Center in Terre Haute, Ind. He earned All-American honors for the seventh time in his Liberty career and for the third-consecutive year in cross country, completing the 10K course in 31:34. 

McDougal (Peru, N.Y.) ran with the lead pack in the race's early stages, going through the 5K split in 15:19. However, he started to fall back in the middle part of the race and was 22 seconds back by the 8K pole. He ended up 27th after finishing fourth at the national cross country meet last season and 13th as a freshman. 

BYU senior Josh Rohatinsky held off Stanford's Neftalem Aria by eight seconds to win the individual crown. Jess Baumgartner of Southern Utah came in third. Eastern Kentucky's Jacob Korir, who defeated McDougal at the Southeast Regional Championship, took seventh. 

The difficult racing conditions slowed the runners' times considerably. A season ago, Wisconsin's Simon Bairu won the national title on the same course in a time of 29:15. Rohatinsky's winning time on Monday was 30:44. 

Wisconsin, the defending team champion, had been ranked first all season and was favored to repeat its title. However, the Badgers' top runner, Chris Solinsky, faded to 75th place, opening the door for Colorado to win the meet. The Buffaloes defeated Wisconsin in the final scoring, 94-142. Iona took third place with a final score of 172. 

The national meet wrapped up another successful season for McDougal, who won five races this year. Highlighting those triumphs were a Roy Griak Invitational title, a victory in the Pre-Nationals White race and a third-consecutive first-place finish at the Big South Conference Championship. 

McDougal also set course records at the Lou Onesty Invitational and the Greater Louisville Classic. He has now broken course records in 11 of his 22 collegiate cross country races.

Men's 10K Race

Individual Finishers:
1) Josh Rohatinsky, BYU, 30:44
2) Neftalem Aria, Stanford, 30:52
3) Jess Baumgartner, Southern Utah, 30:53
4) Lopez Lomong, Northern Arizona, 30:59
5) Martin Fagan, Providence, 31:01
6) Galen Rupp, Oregon, 31:03
7) Jacob Korir, Eastern Kentucky, 31:03
8) Peter Kosgei, Arkansas, 31:04
9) Aaron Aguayo, Arizona State, 31:06
10) Robert Cheseret, Arizona, 31:09
27) Josh McDougal, 31:34

Team Standings:
1) Colorado, 94
2) Wisconsin, 142
3) Iona, 172
4) Stanford, 195
5) Oregon, 196