CMU's Stewart Hurdles Way to Track and Field Success
FAYETTE, MO - Somehow, Ed Stewart has ended up in Fayette, Missouri as a hurdler for Central Methodist.
"Well like I say in life," said Stewart, "you never know where you are going to end up. This is where I ended up. I'm happy I'm here and I couldn't be more excited about it."
Stewart is a native of Kingston, Jamaica, a town nearly two-thousand miles and a body of water away from his current residence in the Midwest. However, despite the distance, Stewart has taken the NAIA track and field scene by storm.
Since his arrival in Fayette, Stewart has set eight school records and won two indoor hurdle national championships. And he's done all of this in just two years.
"It's a real good feeling when you accomplish something," Stewart said. "It doens't get any better than that."
Central Methodist head coach Jeff Hoskisson was tasked with recruiting Stewart to come to CMU.
"We were able to contact him, make everything work and convince him this would be a good place to go," said Hoskisson.
While Stewart has competed at a high level on the track, his biggest adjustment has come off the track.
"Cold! That's been the real big adjustment, the snow and everything," he said. "Seeing snow for the first time was overwhelming."
After he laughed off the change in weather, Stewart counted on his training in Jamaica to compete in the United States.
"I just say we like to run pretty much, that's about it," he said. "We run all the time, we are always running."
And while his country is known for sprinters, it's the challenge of hurdles that he loves.
"To run with an obstacle in your way and compete, yeah, that's a little tricky. So that's why I love hurdles so much, it takes talent, really."
For Stewart, it is that talent that he'll be counting on to bring him a third national championship.