Volume 92, Issue 9

Thursday, September 17, 1998

service with a smile


Eddy epitomizes endurance

By Paul Federici
Gazette Writer

If there was any doubt in the ability of Mustang runner Jason Eddy, one of the youngest cross country stars in the country, his Canadian rookie of the year award from last season will undoubtedly quiet critics.

Eddy's hectic schedule epitomizes gruelling. Taking part in weekly work-outs on Mondays and Wednesdays, running for over an hour with the team on Tuesdays and Thursdays and then packing up to compete in meets across Canada and the United States on the weekends leaves the 19 year-old kinesiology student little time to himself.

Some might think he enjoys inflicting pain on himself, but for Eddy there's a certain peace of mind that comes with competitive running. In fact the running bug is in his family. Both his parents ran competitively in high school and his two younger brothers have also caught the track virus.

The path to varsity success was certainly not paved in gold. If not for his work ethic, Eddy may not have even made Western's team, since often his high school program in Woodstock, Ontario didn't have enough people to field a team. But that didn't stop Eddy from becoming the second best cross country runner in Ontario during his OAC year as he captured the Ontario Federation of School Athletic Association's men's silver medal in 1996.

According to Eddy, the solitary training forced him to become "self-reliant." Another interesting thing about Eddy is his incredible attitude. "I'd be much happier with consistent times rather than individual awards."

Track coach Bob Vigars remembers Eddy being a pleasant surprise when he first stepped onto the university scene last year.

"Jason was the second best runner in the province coming here, but he wasn't puffy-chested about it at all. He's a real humble level-headed guy who works hard."

Jason Eddy was actually caught off guard when he initially won the Ontario rookie of the year crown on his way to beating out four other candidates from across Canada to capture CIAU honours. He wasn't aware that such an individual category even existed – he was more concerned with the team gaining recognition.

Eddy's top priority coming to Western last year was to "prove that I was good enough so that I could make the team and be in the top seven."

When asked why he loves to run he's not quite sure. "I don't know. I guess I was always just good at it and it was fun."

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