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April 24, 2014

Edmonds wins unlikely Big South title|

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Just hours after winning the 1500 title, Edmonds then competed in the 5K finals, taking second behind High Point’s Jacob Smith with a time of 14:28:67. 

In what was a showdown of Big South 5K champions, it was a close finish, with the margin between first and second being 0.55 seconds.

“It was a very close race,” said Edmonds, the defending champion in the 5K. “I knew that no matter if the race started out fast or slow, it would most likely come down to a kick between myself and (Smith). That is exactly what happened, and he had the better kick. 

“The race started out pretty slow, but we covered the last 800 in 2:02,” Edmonds continued. “It was a fun race, so I am still happy with the results.”

Added McDougal, “It was nice, evenly-tempo race and then it slowly sped up. Caleb ran a really good race. It was a great race overall and he just barely came in second.”

Smith, who redshirted last season, won the 5K title in 2012. The two met earlier this season at the Raleigh Relays and Edmonds came out on top, beating him by 1.3 seconds.

“Racing him is always interesting,” said Edmonds. “He’s a talented runner and he always puts up a good race.”

Although Edmonds has one more year of eligibility in the outdoor season, he will be graduating this spring, and is pretty sure that this will be his last season running. He said he will spend next year preparing to apply to medical schools.

Edmonds said he has more he would like to accomplish in his last season of track. 

The IC4A Outdoor Track Championships start May 16 in Princeton, N.J. and the NCAA Division 1 Regionals follow two weeks later in Jacksonville, Fla.

“I believe I have a regional qualifier, but I won’t know for sure for a little while,” said Edmonds.

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