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      McDougal named Athlete of the Week



      INDIANAPOLIS – Joshua McDougal of Peru, N.Y., has been named USA Track & Field’s Athlete of the Week after setting a 5 km prep course record at the 2003 New York Road Runners Cross Country Championships at Van Cortlandt Park, in New York City.

      McDougal ran 15:08 Sunday, winning the 15-19 age group in the race and posting the fastest time ever run by a high schooler at Van Cortlandt. His time bettered Anthony Smith’s previous 15:14.2 set in 1982. McDougal won the race by a 40-second margin over his brother Jordan, who was the runner-up. The home-schooled McDougal, plans to attend Liberty University.

      Now in its third year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on the USATF website. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

      2003 USATF Athlete of the Week Winners: January 7, J-Mee Samuels; January 14, Kevin Toth; January 21, Michelle Collins; January 28, Natasha Hastings; February 4, Regina Jacobs; February 11, Gail Devers; February 18, Terrence Trammell; February 25, James Davis; March 4, Stacy Dragila; March 11, Deena Drossin; March 18, Michelle Collins; March 25, Brenda Taylor; April 1, Deena Drossin; April 8, Shawn Crawford; April 15, Deena Drossin; April 22, Kevin Toth; April 29, Torri Edwards; May 6, Allyson Felix; May 13, Matt Hemingway; May 20, Bershawn Jackson; May 27, Tisha Waller; June 3, Sanya Richards; June 10, Tim Seaman; June 17, Daniel Lincoln; June 25, Kelli White; July 1, Grace Upshaw; July 8, Allen Johnson; July 15, Jason Richardson; July 22, Shalonda Solomon; July 30, Jamie Nieto; August 5, Bianca Knight; August 12, Kim Kreiner; August 19, Chryste Gaines; August 27, Kelli White; September 3, Allen Johnson; September 9, Sandra Glover; September 16, Gail Devers; September 22, Justin Gatlin; September 30, Eddy Hellbuyck; October 7, Blake Russell; October 14, Elva Dryer; October 21, Nick Bdera; October 28, Bradley Harkrader; November 4, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs; November 11, Bob Kennedy; November 18, Joshua McDougal.

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