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Edmonds Joins Sub-14:00 5K Club at Stanford
Liberty redshirt sophomore Caleb Edmonds joined some impressive company with his personal-best 13:57.09 5K clocking, Friday evening at the Stanford Invitational. He became just the third Liberty runner and the fourth Big South athlete ever to dip under 14 minutes in the 5K.
Edmonds, who placed third overall in Section 2, joins past NCAA national champions Sam Chelanga and assistant coach Josh McDougal as the only Flames ever to record a sub-14:00 effort for the 5K distance.
After entering Friday's race at Cobb Track with a personal best of 14:19.09, Edmonds was able to post the Big South's first sub-14:00 time since Chelanga captured the 2011 NCAA Division I national title with a 13:29.30 effort.
Junior Josh MacDonald also earned his spot in an elite group late Friday night (early Saturday morning on the East Coast), becoming the seventh Liberty runner ever to finish a 10K in under 30 minutes. His personal-best time of 29:57.64 placed 24th in Section 2 of the race and ranks No. 7 in program history. Racing not far from his hometown of San Leandro, Calif., MacDonald significantly improved upon his previous best of 30:41.71.
Redshirt senior Isaac Wendland notched a season-best time of 3:49.56 in Section 5 of the men's 1,500, finishing fifth and qualifying for the IC4A meet.
The first member of Liberty's quartet to race on the day, freshman Jeremie Bourget posted a 5K time of 14:45.28. That placed the Canadian 22nd in Section 4.
Liberty will wrap up its busy week of competition on Saturday, with athletes set to compete in both the Raleigh Relays and Texas Relays. Lyndi Fielitz and Meredith Mistretta will get the day started in Raleigh with section 2 of the women's 10K at 9:30 a.m. Meanwhile, Jocelyn Williams will be the first Lady Flame out of the gate in Austin, throwing the discus at 11 a.m. Eastern.