Ed Eyestone

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Edward D. Eyestone (born June 15, 1961 in American Samoa) is a two-time Olympic marathoner and long distance runner. Eyestone graduated from Bonneville High School in Washington Terrace, Utah and was the Utah State High School State Champion in cross-country and track and field.

Ed Eyestone in middle

Collegiate career[edit]

Eyestone attended Brigham Young University (BYU) earning a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in psychology and a Master of Science (M.S.) in exercise science. While at BYU, he became a 10-time NCAA All-American and in 1984 went undefeated in NCAA cross-country events. Eyestone is one of only three runners, along with Gerry Lindgren and Suleiman Nyambiu, to capture the NCAA "Triple Crown" by becoming the 1985 NCAA Champion in cross-country, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. In 1985, the Academic All-American and recipient of the NCAA Top Six Award set a then-NCAA record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 27:41:05. He finished his collegiate career with four NCAA Championships.

In 1986, Eyestone won the San Francisco Bay to Breakers 12KM race,[1] defeating an estimated 110,000 competitors in what the Guinness Book of Records considers the world's largest footrace.[2] He remains the last American to have won this race, and the only American to have done so since 1981.

International racing career[edit]

IAAF World Cross Country Championships[edit]

Ed Eyestone
1980 Junior Men's Individual Race - Bronze Medal
1983 Men's Team Event: USA - Silver Medal
1984 Men's Team Event: USA - Silver Medal
1985 Men's Team Event: USA - Bronze Medal
1986 Men's Team Event: USA - Bronze Medal

Olympic and International Distance Races[edit]

Olympic Marathon 1988 Seoul, Korea (29th place, 2:19:09)
Olympic Marathon 1992 Barcelona, Spain (13th place, 2:15:23)
Personal Best Marathon: 2:10:59[3]
Personal Best 10,000 Meters 27:40[4]
Ranked in the “Top Ten” of US Marathoners, for nine years.
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), (1990)[5]
1st place, Bellin 10K Run (Green Bay, Wisc.), (1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995)
1st place, Bay to Breakers, (San Francisco, Ca.) (1986)
1st place, Peachtree Road Race 10K (Atlanta, Ga.) (1991)
1st place, The Medical Center 10K Classic (Bowling Green, Ky.) (1990)[6]
21st place, World Championships in Athletics - Men's Marathon (1995)

Post-racing career[edit]

After putting up his shoes, Eyestone has become a noted distance and road racing expert, serving as a columnist for Runner's World magazine and television commentor for ESPN's "Race of the Month" series. Eyestone served as an analyst for NBC Sports coverage of Track and Field and Race Walking at the 2008 Summer Olympics.[7]

Eyestone returned to BYU as head coach of the cross-country team.[8] Eyestone is a three-time selection as "Coach of the Year" for the Mountain West Conference (MWC). Previously he served as assistant track coach at Weber State University.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Gregg Carr
Tracy Caulkins
Doug Flutie
Mark J. Traynowicz
Susan E. Walsh
NCAA Top Six Award
Class of 1986
James A. Dombrowski
Edward D. Eyestone
Timothy J. Green
Susan K. Harbour
Kathryn L. Hayes
Lauri A. Young
Succeeded by
Todays Top VI Award
Lisa Ice
Jon Louis
Cheryl Miller
John Moffet
Dub Myers
Megan Neyer