Ed Lukens

Inducted in 2003


High School: Central High
College: Syracuse University


It all started in high school – Syracuse’s famed Central High – when Ed discovered the thrill of victory in numerous track and field events. Ed graduated from Central the year World War II started and he enlisted in the Army. He served in Africa and Italy for three and one half years and came home to Syracuse to resume his education at Syracuse University. He had been an impressive long jumper and javelin hurler at Central High and had no problem earning a position on the SU track team; one, which was undefeated for two years in dual and triangular, meets.

Following graduation from Syracuse in 1950 with a degree in Physical Education and Science, Ed began his teaching career, which lasted over a quarter of a century. He coached indoor track, outdoor track and basketball teams and won numerous Section III titles for Central and Westhill.

He initiated summer track youth programs for the city, region and state and was instrumental in bringing high school track meets to Manley Field House at SU. For decades Ed has officiated at scholastic and collegiate track events and Syracuse Charger track and field competition.

High honors have followed Ed throughout his coaching and teaching career. He was the recipient of the New York State Coaches Honor Award, the Onondaga High School League Coaches Award and the Y.M.C.A. Community Physical Fitness Award. The Big East recently honored Ed for his contribution to the SU track program.

Ed began running and competing in adult programs when he was 55. Since then, he has set 48 records in six age divisions with the Syracuse Chargers and has established many national and world marks.

In 2002, Ed broke three world records in the men’s 80-84 age group at the USA Masters Track & Field Championships held in Boston. He also won a fourth gold medal in the high jump, clearing 3'91/4". He won the 60-meter hurdles in 12.23 seconds, the long jump in 13'2" and the triple jump in 27'-2.45. March of 2003, Ed broke the triple jump mark with a 28'-41/2" posting. All this at the ripe young age of 81!

Ed has been inducted into the Masters National Track and Field Association Hall of Fame and was named the Outstanding Track & Field Athlete in his age category six times.

He was honored by Syracuse University when he was named a Letterman of Distinction in 1998. He has been a generous benefactor to the SU Track team for many years.

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