Jake Edwards is an anomaly. Youth rules the track in the mile and its metric equivalent, the 1500m. But at age 31, Jake is continuing to light up the competition, running sub-4 miles and setting big PRs in the 1500m.
The CRC Elite record book is filled with highlights from Jake's running career, as the former CRC staffer has only gotten better with age.
This weekend, Jake will be competing at USATF Track & Field Nationals in Des Moines, Iowa. He'll be racing in the 1500m alongside America's top milers, including Matt Centrowitz, the defending Olympic champion. We caught up with Jake as he prepped for nationals where he'll run his first round of the 1500m on Friday. You can watch him repping Columbus on the NBC Sports Network.
(Jake is also one of CRC's 15 Voices From the Pack as we celebrate CRC's 15th anniversary. Check out the other stories at https://columbusrunning.com/blogs/news/crc15)
Jake after his recent 1500m PR
CRC: For those reading this who aren't familiar with your background, can you give us a quick recap of racing for Delaware Hayes & OSU?
Jake Edwards: In high school, I was the 2007 Ohio state champion in the 1600m and placed 5th at Nike Outdoor Nationals in the mile. I had a pretty lackluster collegiate career plagued with injury, but managed a 4th place finish in the Big 10 1500m in 2011 and an appearance at the NCAA Championships.CRC: You're now a familiar face on the starting line of the mile, from road miles to the track, going back years. Where do you find the motivation to continue training and racing a national class level, especially in a grueling event like the mile?
Jake celebrates after winning the men's mile at the Drake Relays
CRC: The Drake Relays is one of the most prestigious track meets in the US, and you won the men's mile there this year. How long did it take to sink in that you'd won Drake? What was that experience like this spring?
Jake has found success on both the track and the roads - as shown here as he takes down a field that includes multi-time Olympian Nate Brannen
CRC: Coming off of Drake, you ran 3:38 in the 1500m at the Music City Distance Carnival, punching your ticket into USATF nationals. What gave you the confidence that you were ready for a 1500m PR? What can you tell us about this race?
Jake racing to a sub-4 mile back in the retro CRC singlet in 2014
CRC: As you head to USATFs, what's the feeling like? What are your goals for nationals and beyond?