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Edmonds Competes at IAAF World Cross Country Championships

March 24, 2007
|  Mombasa, Kenya
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Joshua Edmonds represented the United States at Saturday's IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Joshua Edmonds represented the United States at Saturday's IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

Liberty freshman Joshua Edmonds represented the United States in the junior men's 8K race at today's IAAF World Cross Country Championships in Mombasa, Kenya, but was unable to reach the finish line on an excessively hot, humid afternoon. 

Edmonds (Cooperstown, N.Y.) ranked as the No. 2 runner among the five-member United States delegation through the first three of four laps. However, the 91-degree heat and 73 percent humidity took its toll and Edmonds could not complete the final lap. In total, 21 of the 126 runners, including two Americans, who started the race failed to finish. 

Kenny Klotz of Oregon was the U.S. team member best able to adapt to the conditions, placing 56th overall. Host nation Kenya dominated the meet, as 17-year-old Asbel Kiprop headed a 1-2-3-4 finish for his team with a winning time of 24:07. Kenya's ninth-consecutive team title came by a 34-point margin over runner-up Eritrea. 

The men's junior runners were not alone in experiencing difficulties with the heat and humidity. Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele, the five-time defending world champion, dropped out of the men's senior 12K competition. 

Edmonds' participation marked the third-straight year a Liberty male athlete has donned a United States singlet at the event. Josh McDougal (Jr., Peru, N.Y.) ran the men's senior 4K race in 2005 and Jordan McDougal (So., Peru, N.Y.) toed the line for the junior 8K event a year ago.