December 8, 2010

GETTING TO KNOW: SENIOR JOE EDWARDS

RICHMOND, Va. - The wind chills in the Metro Richmond area may be in the 20s, but that hasn't stopped the VCU Men's Track & Field team from preparing to have an outstanding spring.

A key part of their success will depend upon leadership from seniors like Joe Edwards, who along with being a star on the track is also the president of the Student Athlete-Advisory Committee. Prior to the winter workouts, Edwards sat down with VCU Athletic Communications Student Assistant Scott Wyant to tell us what life is like off the track.

SW: What made you decide to come to VCU?
JE: It's location, it allowed me to be far enough from home so I could have some independence but close enough that if my family needed me I could be there for them. They are were I get alot of my strength and sanity.

SW: If you had an all-expense paid vacation where would you go and what would you do?
JE: Probably anywhere in Africa to experience the culture.

SW: If you could race against any track star past or present who would you pick?
JE: Edwin Moses in his prime he won 122 consecutive races. I think I can take him now though.

SW: What is your favorite thing to do at VCU?
JE: Go to the gym and hang out in the hot tub.

SW: How did you get your start in track?
JE: My best friend/sister Shayla Szabo who runs at Virginia State now got me to come out my sophomore year of High School.

SW: What is the hardest part of a practice?
JE: Remembering to bring my water other than that the warm up is pretty tough.

SW: Who is the funniest person on the team?
JE: Allan Moody aka The Moody

SW: What do you do to relax on an off day?
JE: Go to the hot tub at Cary Street.

QUICK HITS

Favorite professional team: Carolina Panthers
Athlete: Dwayne Wade
Class (this semester): International Marketing
TV show: Man Vs. Food
Dream job: Working in Sports Marketing
What is your pre-race meal: Pancakes and sausage with some apple juice.
Quote: "Hard work always beats talent, when talent doesn't work hard".

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