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January 15, 2013

In the running for a national title

Groveland's McDonald has nation's fastest time in mile among D2 athletes

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“A lot of the guys out west haven’t had a meet yet, so we’ll see the list of top results build up in the next few weeks,” McDonald said. “At the same time, I’ve put myself in a good position. The shape I’m in right now, it’s exactly where I want to be.”

Typically, the top indoor track athletes in Division 2 are on teams west of the Mississippi River, but McDonald believes he has established himself as a potential national-championship contender in both the 3K and mile. His goal is to run the mile between 4:05 and 4:08 by the end of the season. His best time in high school was a 4:19.

“I see myself competing with the top guys at nationals,” McDonald said. “I’m on the list in both the 3K and mile. Now, I’m focusing on improving, getting stronger, and competing with those guys out west. Pretty soon, they’ll start running their fast times, and I want to see where I match up.”

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