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Edmondson chooses Spalding

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By Matt Birkholtz

Tyler Edmondson will be running to new heights … literally.

Edmondson, a senior at Grant County High School signed his national letter of intent to run cross country at Spalding University in Louisville March 20.

Spalding University’s  running program has the runners run at higher altitudes to help them get faster times.

“I want to see how it works and I am an anxious to do it,” Edmondson said. “It has been my dream for a long time to be a collegiate athlete and here it is.”

Edmondson said he is looking forward to the program.

“It’s something different and I wanted to get into a big city,” Edmondson said.

In six years of running cross country, Edmondson said his favorite moment came in his final season, when the team won the regional race on their home course.

“Coach Kinsey asked me to repeat the chant, ‘I Believe We Will Win,’ and we won the region,” Edmondson said.

“It was neat because it was the first regional title for coach.”

Edmondson contributes his success to coach Marlon Kinsey.

“I have been running for coach for six years,” Edmondson said. “Now, I got to move on to a new coach. It is going to be hard at first, but I will adapt to it.”

Kinsey, who has coached the Braves cross country for 23 years, said he saw the potential that Edmondson has from the moment he started running in the sixth grade.

“I remember him coming to his first Midnight Madness when he was in the sixth grade,” Kinsey said. “He excelled from there and was one of our top runners by the end of his middle school career and continued that in high school. He as a senior, did the work to stay consistent the whole season. It is exciting to be seeing him move on to Spalding University and continue that success at the collegiate level.”