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May 2, 2013

Edmonds wins Big South track title in 5k for Liberty

Breaking 14 minutes even bigger deal for Cooperstown graduate

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Edmonds said that a track official told him that another runner was going to set a fast pace for the event. 

“He said we had a guy who was going to ‘rabbit it’ in the race, so I knew we were going to go fast,” he said. “I thought it would be a great opportunity for me if I could keep up with the pace. About halfway through the race, I saw my splits and I knew it would be close either way.”

Edmonds’ event coach, Liberty assistant coach Josh McDougal, seconded the assessment that breaking 14 minutes was a feat.

“It is a truly elite mark, one that most people never reach,” McDougal said. “We have had a lot of talented runners, even All-Americans, come through here that haven’t achieved it. Now whenever he goes to an event and they ask him his personal record, they are going to look at him differently when they hear it starts with a 13.”

Edmonds said he is looking forward to the IC4A Outdoor Track Championships in Princeton, N.J. on May 10 to 12 and the NCAA Division I regionals in Greensboro, N.C. two weeks later.

“I think my times have qualified me to run in the regionals,” he said. “That is going to be a big experience for me because I have never been there before.”

Edmonds has two older brothers, Josh and Peter, who both ran track at Liberty. Both had success, but he has done even better, a feat he credits to their example.

“It is hard to go first and easier to go last, I guess,” he said. “I always had a goal to shoot for, and it is something great to actually go above it.”

Added McDougal, “Honestly Caleb has been a dream to coach, but that’s been the way it has been with all of the Edmonds who have come through our program.”

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