This week, we caught up with sprinter, Monzavous Rae Edwards. He is a veteran on the USA track and field scene and will be coming to Eugene for his third career Olympic Trials! Since 2000, when he was a JUCO and USA Junior National Champion in the 100 and 200, he has steadily cut time off of both event PR’s. His current bests are 10.00 in the 100m (NY, 2010) and 20.17 in the 200m (Belem, 2009). He has suited up as a member of Team USA for the 2007 NACAC team, the 2007 and 2011 Pan American Games, and the 2009 World Championships. From the sounds of it, Edwards is primed and ready for another chance to qualify for the coveted Olympic Games!
What is your best track memory from past meets at Hayward Field and Eugene and your highest finish here?
My best track memories are how in-touch and loving the fans are. They really love the athletes. My highest finish was third in 2009 to make the World team in the 100m dash.
What most impressed you about the Trials in 2008?
How organized and prompt everything was.
Are there any changes from previous meets at Hayward that you hope to see for the Trials?
(laughing) Unless you can promise the weather will be nice, there isn’t much you can do.
As an athlete, what do you foresee to be the biggest hassle/challenge in your experience in Eugene this summer?
Out-competing and out-doing my opponents.
Aside from your competition, what are you looking forward to most about the Trials this summer?
Just the experience all over again. Its my third time and every time I have gotten closer to making a team!
Are you planning on getting here early or staying after your event?
I plan on doing both.
Do you have anything specific you like to do when you come to Eugene for meets?
Have you heard anything about the London Pub, the SuperBlock exhibits/vendors, the live performances, etc being planned for the meet?
Haven’t heard about any of them but it should be extremely fun!
Get to know Rae better before the Trials by following him on
Facebook (Monzavous Rae Edwards)
or- Twitter @superphantom30