Edward D. Eyestone
(born in June 15
in American Samoa
) is a two-time Olympic marathoner and long distance runner
. Eyestone graduated from Bonneville High School
in Washington Terrace, Utah
and was the Utah State High School State Champion in cross-country and track and field.
Eyestone went to Brigham Young University
(BYU) and received a bachelors in psychology and a masters in exercise science. While at BYU, he became a 10-time NCAA All-American and in 1984 went undefeated in NCAA cross-country events. Eyestone is one of only three runners, along with Gerry Lindgren
and Suleiman Nyambiu, to capture the NCAA "Triple Crown" by becoming the 1985 NCAA Champion in cross-country, 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters. In 1985, the Academic All-American and recipient of the NCAA Top Six Award
set a then-NCAA record in the 10,000 meters with a time of 27:41:05. He finished his collegiate career with four NCAA Championships.
International racing career
- 1980 Junior Men's Individual Race - Bronze Medal
- 1983 Men's Team Event: USA - Silver Medal
- 1984 Men's Team Event: USA - Silver Medal
- 1985 Men's Team Event: USA - Bronze Medal
- 1986 Men's Team Event: USA - Bronze Medal
Olympic and International Distance Races
- Olympic Marathon 1988 Seoul, Korea (29th place, 2:19:09)
- Olympic Marathon 1992 Barcelona, Spain (13th place, 2:15:23)
- Personal Best Marathon: 2:10:59
- Personal Best 10,000 Meters 27:40
- Ranked in the “Top Ten” of US Marathoners, for nine years.
- Ranked in the “Top Ten” of US 10,000 Meters for eight years.
- Five Time US Road Racer of the Year.
- 1st place, Bellin Run (Green Bay, Wisc.), (1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985)
- 1st place, Bay to Breakers, (San Francisco, Ca.) (1986)
- 1st place, Peachtree Road Race 10K (Atlanta, Ga.) (1991)
- 1st place, The Medical Center 10K Classc (Bowling Green, Ky.) (1990)
- 21st place, World Championships in Athletics - Men's Marathon (1995)
After putting up his shoes, Eyestone has become a noted distance and road racing expert, serving as a columnist for Runners World
magazine and television commentor for ESPN's "Race of the Month" series. Eyestone will serve as an analyst for NBC Sports
coverage of Track and Field
and Race Walking
at the 2008 Summer Olympics
Eyestone returned to BYU as head coach of the cross-country team. Eyestone is a three-time selection as "Coach of the Year" for the Mountain West Conference (MWC). Previously he served as assistant track coach at Weber State University.