At the ’16 Track and Field Division III state finals, Luke Zuluaga and his relay teammates were in fifth place when he got the baton and “hit the turbo button for an unbelievable come-from-behind win,” as described by ESPN. Luke’s incredible speed burst captured the 4 x 100-meter relay crown, among other titles his senior year.
This former Seton baseball player joined the Seton track team his junior year. True to track-star form, the awards came in fast. During his junior and senior years, Luke was named Seton MVP and won the Division III state championships in the 400 meter and the 4 x 100 meter with his teammates. Add to that the 200 meter and the 100 meter during his senior year.
As for his success off the track, Luke was appointed to the U.S. Air Force Academy Prep School, where he is full speed ahead—this time, on the football field! The Prep School doesn’t have a track team, however, upon graduation Luke plans to enter the Air Force Academy and run Track and Field under distinguished Head Coach Ralph Lindeman.
Luke has also set his sights on breaking his personal best in the 400 and 200 meters, winning the Mountain West Championship, and running in the NCAA Track and Field D1 Championships, held at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon in Eugene.
We wish Luke Godspeed!
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