Eduardo Rodriguez (’01) – Track & Field
He was named first team All-County in both his junior and senior seasons …. His head coach – Steve O’Brien – called him a “cerebral runner” – winning as much because of his intellect as he did his legs ….. Coach O’Brien called Eddy a “master of physcology” …. Claiming that Eddy would study everything about his opponents in an effort to exploit any and every weakness …. Coach O’Brien told me that Eddy was best when the situation was the toughest.
Eddy also ran track at Columbus ….. qualifying for the state meet in the 1600 meters and he was a member the relay team that established the school record in the 4 by 800 relay ….
Eddy went on to race in college … for two years at FIU – where he was an Academic All American and a three-time sunbelt conference champion ….. He transferred to Florida State – where he thrived in both cross country and track ….
In cross country … He was a two time national qualifier and was twice named to the All Atlantic Coast Conference cross country team. In track and field, he helped FSU win two conference championships and was a national qualifier in the 10,000 meters
Eddy’s college career was highlighted by him being named the winner of the prestigious “Golden Nole” award at FSU — an award that recognizes an athlete who exhibits the highest ideals of intercollegiate athletics ….. that is, the award honors an athlete who excels in athletic competition …. Academics …. and community service.
Today, Eddy lives in Miami, …. And is employed as a recruiter in the HR department at Baptist Hospital. Eddy is married to his high school sweetheart – Jennifer Gomez – who herself had a successful high school and college running career.