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Zac EdwardsClass: R-Junior
Previous School: South Alabama
Hometown: Roanoke, Va.
Previous School (South Alabama): Spent two years (2009-11) at South Alabama … enjoyed a stellar 2009 cross country season … qualified for the 2009 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships with a fifth-place finish at the NCAA Division I South Regional Cross Country Championships … won the 2009 Sun Belt cross country title and placed 20th in his race at Pre-Nationals … also excelled on the track in 2009 … scored 30.5 points at the Sun Belt Indoor Track & Field Championships, winning the 3K, 5K and distance medley relay while placing second in the mile … captured the 2009 Sun Belt outdoor 5K title and posted a personal-best 5K time of 13:56.76 at the Mt. SAC Relays …served as the South Alabama S.A.A.C. president for the 2010-11 academic year.
Previous School (Alabama): Opened his collegiate career at Alabama … athletic highlight for the Crimson Tide was the 2008 cross country season … earned SEC All-Freshman Team honors … helped Alabama win team titles at the Pre-Nationals, SEC and NCAA South Regional meets while placing 10th at the 2008 NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships … also clocked an indoor 3K time of 8:14.88 at the Razorback Invite.
Prep: Graduated from Northside High School … placed eighth in the 5K at the 2006 Nike Outdoor Nationals … earned numerous top finishes at the VHSL Group AA meet throughout his career … won the state 3,200-meter run title in 2006 by more than seven seconds … placed as the state 1,600-meter runner-up in 2005.
Personal: Son of Bryan and Michelle Edwards … graduated from South Alabama in 2011 with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice/sociology … will pursue a master's degree in executive leadership/human services at Liberty … birthday is on Aug. 12.
Cross Country Personal Bests (at Liberty)
Oct. 29, 2011 – Big South Championship
Nov. 12, 2011 – NCAA Southeast Regional Championship
Big South Cross Country Championship (8K)
2011 (Conway, S.C.): 1st place, 23:56 (Big South Runner of the Year, All-Big South)
NCAA Southeast Regional Championship (10K)
2011 (Louisville, Ky.): 23rd place, 30:50.4 (All-Region)