Caleb Edmonds will end his college track career as a junior with a long list of accomplishments and a degree off the track.
Edmonds, a 2010 Cooperstown graduate, earned his degree from Liberty University last month with a 3.85 GPA as a biology/pre-med major.
After winning the Outdoor 5K Big South Title last year, he came back this season to finish second place in the 5K and take first in the 1500M. He claimed the 2013 Indoor 3K Big South Title and now holds the school record in the outdoor 3K. Edmonds also became one of only four Big South athletes to break the 14-minute barrier in the 5K.
He leaves Liberty University with 12 All-Big South honors and was one of three Flames recently named to the 2014 Capital One Academic All-District men’s track and field/cross country team.
A few weeks ago, Edmonds attempted to add to that list, racing in the East Preliminary Meet at North Florida’s Hodges Stadium for a chance to go to the NCAA tournament.
Unfortunately, the race ended abruptly for Edmonds, as he was unable to finish his heat of the 5K because of a tear in his Achilles tendon.
“Earlier in the race, my Achilles had started to feel tight, but I had no difficulty running through it,” said Edmonds. “All of a sudden with one mile to go, I couldn’t take another step.”
The race started out very well for Edmonds, who ran inside the top 10 for most of his men’s 5K heat, before going down with the injury.
“I felt great during the race,” said Edmonds. “I was very comfortable with the pace and knew that I would be able to close hard at the end.”
Edmonds said he had been a little concerned about running in the heat and humidity of Florida, but because he raced in the evening, it had cooled down quite a bit.