Wishing a Happy 55th Birthday to a BYU Icon, Ed Eyestone. Two Olympic Marathoner in 1988 & 1992 and World XC elite! This man could possibly give Edward King Ches a run for his money if they competed during the same time period.
As being an icon for Birmingham-Young University, he set his way to become a 10-time NCAA All-American. Like King Ches, Eyestone is one of only four runners, along with Gerry Lindgren, Edward Cheserek, and Suleiman Nyambiu, to capture the NCAA “Triple Crown” by becoming the 1985 NCAA Champion in cross-country. Not only did become a Triple Crown winner, for his cross country season he went undefeated in 1984!
As mentioned earlier, he was a World XC Championships Elite! Being in his first appearance in 1980 junuor men’s individual race he placed third going for the Bronze. In 1983 he was on the USA Team at the World XC Championship where the Team USA placed 2nd gaining the silver, which was repeated the following year in 1984. In 1985, as part of the USA team whereTeam USA took the Bronze, which again was repeated the following year in 1986.
Being a two Olympian, Eyestone competed in the 1988 Seoul, Korea Games where he places 29th clocking in at 2:19.o9.
The following summer Olympic year in 1992, Ed Eyestone qualified for the Barcelona Games where he placed 13th clocking in 2:15.23.
Here are Ed Eyestones personal bests… And a few honorable mentions!
10,000 Meters 27:40
5000 meters: 13:32.52
Ranked in the “Top Ten” of US
Ranked in the “Top Ten” of US 10,000 Meters for eight years.
Five Time US Road Racer of the Year.
1st place, Gate River Run 15K, Jacksonville, FL in 1990.
1st place at the famous Peachtree Road Race 10K in Atlanta, Ga. in 1991 clocking in 28:34. He was the 11th seed.
21st place, World Championships in Athletics – Men’s Marathon (1995)