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former1dog
11-19-2007, 12:46 PM
McDougal of Liberty University either held off or out kicked Rupp from UO to win the NCAA XC champs this morning by 1 second. It was on TV (CSTV) and I TIVO'd it. Looking forward to watching this evening. Looks like it was an exciting race.

McDougal is a good story. Has had a lot of success in XC but couldn't quite pull it off at Nationals. Finally got over that hump and took some big scalps by beating Rupp and Lopez Lomong of NAU.

former1dog
11-20-2007, 07:54 AM
Got to watch the XC race on TIVO last night and it was truly an epic battle. McDougal built up a 20 meter lead with about 1000 meters to go, as they turned for the home stretch with 400 m to go, Rupp bolted into the lead and looked to be making the decisive move. McDougal stayed calmed and matched the surging Rupp and then went by him for good with 200 m to go and held on for the well deserved win.

McDougal, a very tough and extremely well conditioned athlete, collapsed with exhaustion about 30 seconds after jubililantly crossing the finish line.

One of the biggest treats for me was watching distance running legend Craig Virgin do race commentary and post race interviews. Truly a big treat for the athletes if they know anything at all about the history of the sport in the US.