Name: Cory Edwards
Sport: Men's Cross Country
Major: Earth & Environmental Sciences
Birthday: January 27, 1991
Why did you choose your major?
I was in the Boy Scouts growing up, which of course included being outdoors for a large amount of my childhood. Those experiences made me fall in love with the outdoors and since then I have been interested in learning more about nature and how to protect it.
What has been your favorite class so far?
Have you studied abroad? If so, what was that experience like?
Yes, I completed my Go-Short program to the Philippines this summer. It was truly a life-changing experience! The trip made me realize to never take anything for granted and also fueled my passion for wanting to protect the environment that we live in.
What are your plans after graduation?
I plan to attend graduate school in order to obtain my masters in Environmental Studies.
What is your favorite athletic memory as a Crusader thus far into your career?
It would have to be competing at Cross Country Landmark Conference Championships my freshman year. Our team was able to win the race for the fourth consecutive year. That team was a great group and we had great leadership from our seniors, which definitely made the difference. Since that year, I have worked hard not only as a runner, but also as a leader to become as good as they were.
What are your goals, both individually and as a team, for this season?
My personal goal for this season is to lead this team to become the best that we possibly can be. As a team, our goal is to win the Landmark Conference, placing seven runners in the top 10, placing fifth or better at Regionals, and moving on to DIII Nationals as a squad.
How long will the beard grow?
I have currently been growing this beard since last year's Cross Country Conference Championships and I made a personal agreement that I would not shave or trim it until we won a Conference title. After what this team has been able to accomplish so far this year and the large amount of guys that have joined me in growing what facial hair they are able to. I have turned to see it as a way for the team to bond and a good luck charm in a way, much like the Boston Red Sox on their championship run. Finally to answer your question, do not expect to see me with a clean-shaved face for a while…if ever.
What is your go-to song to get pumped up for competition?
On A Saturday – Four Year Strong
What is your nickname on your team?
I do not have a nickname on the team. I actually have never had a nickname my entire life so this came as no surprise for me.
The best part about road trips with my team is…
I enjoy the amount of focus that the team has on our way to a cross country meet; everyone is keeping to his or herself thinking about the task at hand or resting up. Then on the way back we are all able to unwind and have some fun.
What advice do you have for a prospective SU student-athlete?
Make sure that you train smart, maintain a healthy diet and get all of your schoolwork done on time.
What are your goals for the upcoming season, both individually and as a team?
Individually I hope to maintain my fitness so that I am able to bounce back from my recent injury and compete in the upcoming track & field season.
As a team, we plan to challenge the defending champion Moravian on our track and to bring back the Indoor Landmark Conference title to Susquehanna University.
My favorite midnight snack is…
If you could meet anyone, alive or dead, who would it be and why?
Steve Prefontaine. He changed the dynamics of track & field and ran harder than any athlete that I have ever watched and always gave everything that he had.
If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would like to travel to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics.
Do you have any unique talents/hobbies?
I enjoy hiking and camping with my friends and family.
What was your biggest high school achievement?
Winning the North I Group II Sectional Title back-to-back in 2008 and 2009.
Something people may not know about me is…
I have broken my nose three different times, playing three different sports. And I have a bald patch in my beard where hair does not grow.
Food: Chicken Parm
Selinsgrove restaurant: Selinsgrove Brew Pub
TV Show: Friday Night Lights
Professional Team: New England Patriots
Athlete: Tom Brady
Vacation Spot: Cape May, New Jersey
Quote: "To give anything less than your best, is to sacrifice the gift." – Steve Prefontaine