Caleb Edmonds isn’t just beating rival runners. He said he is beating his own expectations.
“This season has gone really well, better than I hoped for or imagined,” Edmonds, a 2010 Cooperstown Central School graduate and redshirt sophomore at Liberty University, said. “The 5k has gone a whole lot better than I expected.”
Two weeks after breaking the 14-minute barrier at the Stanford Invitational, Edmonds won a Big South Conference title and finished second in another event. He won the 5k on April 20 with a time of 14:26.14, more than two seconds ahead of teammate Josh MacDonald. On April 18, he finished second in the 10k at 31:28.26, just more than six seconds behind teammate David Ricksecker.
“It is nice to have a conference title,” he said. “It is a fun thing to be able to say you have done it and to be listed as a champion.
“Really though, we were just hoping to do well as a team,” he continued. “We went 1-2-3-4 in the 10k and 1-2-3-5 in the 5k, so we did what we set out to do. We wanted one of us to win, and it wasn’t as important which one of us it was. It is a great group of guys. They are really fun to train with, and it helps to have them to push me to get better.”
As much as he enjoys the idea of being a conference champion, Edmonds said that breaking the 14-minute mark was even better. Edmonds finished third in the 5k at the Stanford Invitational on March 30, crossing in a personal-best 13:57.09. He became the third Liberty runner and fourth Big South runner to ever break 14 minutes in the event. In doing so, he was named the Big South Conference’s Male Track Athlete of the Week.
“For me personally, I think it is a bigger deal to get under 14 minutes. It is a big barrier in the 5k,” he said. “I wasn’t sure I would ever get there.”