For North Florida cross country and track stand-out Eden
Meyer, success is using your gifts to the fullest of your ability and leaving
One of the most decorated student-athletes in UNF history,
the senior runner concluded her cross country career competing
in the NCAA Cross Country Championship in November. Meyer is the first
UNF runner to qualify for the national event in the program’s Division I era —
and one of only three student-athletes in ASUN history. She also ran in the
NCAA Track Championship, placing 15th in the 10K, and garnered 2nd team
When asked about her successes and triumphs, the quiet
athlete humbly deflects the focus from herself, always crediting others who have
impacted her life. Her faith is first and foremost, and she also points to the
guidance of her coaches and athletic staff, the support of teammates, virtues
she learned from her parents, and, of course, the support of her family,
particularly her twin sister and best friend, Grace — also a runner on the UNF
Her modesty is genuine, but there is no doubt that the
biology major is driven. And her accolades in the classroom mirror those on the
track. “Our coaches remind us all the time that we are students first,” Meyer
The ASUN Runner of the Year in cross country for the past
two years, Meyer was also named the ASUN Scholar-Athlete of the Year three
times — in indoor and outdoor track and cross country. She was UNF’s Female
Scholar Athlete of the Year for the past two years with a GPA of 3.99, and
collected the prestigious College Sports Information Directors of America
Academic All-American 2nd team honor last year.
“With my school work and running, I really feel like I have
a job to do — a duty,” said Meyer, who believes that everyone has gifts that
they should use. “I just try to do everything to the best of my ability.”
For Meyer, running provides a great balance, and she
acknowledges that school without it would be difficult.
“Going for a run is a good study break,” said Meyer, who
runs daily — sometimes twice a day — accumulating about 60 miles a week during
the cross-country season.
UNF’s Cross Country Coach Jeff Pigg said Meyer’s caring and
unselfish attitude is a great motivator for her teammates. “Eden embraces our
team philosophy of clean living and working hard. She is fully engaged in the
process of being the best she can possibly be as a person, a student and an
athlete,” said Pigg.
“She possesses the ability to make the people around her better.”
Meyer is scheduled to graduate in spring, following her last
outdoor track season. She is considering graduate school and possibly a future
in the healthcare industry. But she’s not ruling out running for just a bit
longer, perhaps on the professional level.
One thing is certain — whatever Meyer chooses, success is a
given, because she undoubtedly will give it her all. It’s the only way she
knows how to do it.