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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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At Cooperstown, Edmonds earned Daily Star Athlete of the Year honors in track in 2010, when he finished fourth overall in the state in the 3,200. That year he set CCS records in the 1600 and 3200 at 4:19.52 and 9:06.67 respectively. He also set the 3200-relay record in 2010 with Jeremiah Ford, Jacob Miller and Will Reis at 7:59.62.

In cross country, Edmonds set CCS records in 2009 on both the Irish Tower Course, 3.05 miles in 17:26, and the Staley Elementary School Course (RFA) in the 5k in 16:00.

That means Edmonds has dropped two minutes from his 5k time in four years, and his coach said he thinks he can get all the way down to 13:30 if he stays for his senior year.

“It is a testament to his work ethic,” McDougal said. “He came in here with a lot of natural ability, but he has really blossomed this year. He still has untapped potential. I think we will continue to see his times dropping.”

“He is very disciplined,” McDougal continued. “I would not be surprised if he went to bed every night at 9 p.m. and got up every morning at 5 a.m. He just brings that much discipline to what he does. He is not your typical college guy in that sense.”

Edmonds has two more years of eligibility left, but he said he will graduate next spring with a degree in biology/pre-med, and may pass on a senior season in favor of medical school. 

“I will still have so many years of school left with med school, that I probably will lose a year of eligibility, unfortunately,” he said. “I don’t know yet because I still have to take the MCAT.”

But whether he stays for a senior season or not, Edmonds said he is looking forward to his junior season.

 “For this season, I don’t know if I can keep improving. I may be at the top of my abilities,” he said. “I do still feel there is room for me to improve next year. I think if I keep training and working I can do even better next season.”

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