Phillips, Edwards Preview the Chile Pepper Festival
Awards/Honors 2012 Cross Country: MVC Scholar-Athlete Team ... Missouri State Athletics Director's Honor Roll 2011-12 Track & Field: MVC Commissioner's Academic Excellence Award ... MVC Honor Roll ... MVC Scholar-Athlete Team ... Missouri State Athletics Director's Honor Roll 2011 Cross Country: MVC Scholar-Athlete Team ... Missouri State Athletics Director's Honor Roll
2012 Track & Field Indoor: Finished second in the 1,000m run finals (3:02.19) and fourth in the mile finals (5:08.22) at the Arkansas Invitational ... At the Saluki Open 3,000m competition, crossed the finish line in 10:07.16, good for a second-place finish ... Claimed third place in the 3,000m run (9:58.51) at the Indiana University Relays ... At the same meet, took sixth place in the 5,000m run (17:22.89) ... Was eighth in the mile run (5:09.54) at the Varsity Apartments Invitational ... In a race that featured 40 runners, took seventh place in the 5,000m with a time of 17:11.29 at the Iowa State Classic.
Outdoor: Finished 16th in the 1,500m run (4:45.60) at the Bobby Lane Invitational ... Set a personal-best time of 35:56.97 in the 10,000m run at the Drake Relays ... Was 10th in the 5,000m run (18:02.01) at the MVC Outdoor Championships. 2011 Cross Country Led the Bears with a 29th-place finish in 22:55.57 at the NCAA Midwest Regional 6K ... Finished 18th at the MVC Championships 5K in 18:37.80 ... Helped the Bears to a 12th-place finish in the 6K Chile Pepper Festival with a time of 21:59.80 ... Cracked the top-ten in the blue race 5K at the 10th Annual Greater Louisville Classic with a time of 18:23.63 ... Joined Emily Beaver on the MVC Scholar-Athlete Team with a 3.99 GPA.
2011 Track & Field Indoor: Placed seventh in the 5,000m at the Indiana University Relay with a time of 18:36.70, an indoor personal best ... Had another personal best performance at the Tyson Invitational clocking a time of 10:40.59 in the 3,000m.
Outdoor: Had an outdoor personal best performance at the Tom Botts Invitational, placing fourth in the 3,000m (10:26.78) ... Set a personal record at the Kansas Relay, taking home fifth in the 5,000m with a time of 17:46.54 ... Competed in the 10,000m at the Drake Relays, setting a personal record of 36:47.13 ... Placed ninth at the Missouri Valley Conference Outdoor Championships in the 10,000m (37:01.56).
2010 Cross Country Set a 5K personal best 18:49.85 at the Chile Pepper Festival, when she ran unattached ... Also ran in the MVC Championship (19:29.86) and NCAA Midwest Regional (6K, 23:10.08).
Background: Edwards was a three-time Missouri all-state selection for cross country at Raytown South High School ... Earned all-conference accolades in each of her four years of competition ... Will also compete on the track, as she was the Kansas City Mid 6 conference champion in the 3,200-meter run in 2007 and 2009 ... Was a top-10 finisher in the state competition in the 3,200m run in 2008 (10th) and 2009 (ninth) ... Graduated from Raytown South No. 1 in her class.
Personal: Erin Nichole Edwards was born Feb. 2, 1992 in Kansas City, Mo. ... Daughter of Jerry and Carol Edwards ... Has four sisters, Sarah, Barbara, Carrie and Emma ... Also has one brother, Keith ... Majoring in exercise & movement science.