After holding Eastern Connecticut State University men’s outdoor track and field school record in the long jump for nearly 14 years and counting, Jason Edwards, Eastern’s second-year assistant track and field coach, will be inducted into the E-Club Hall of Fame on Oct. 19. Edwards is the first track athlete to earn All-American honors as many as four times, and only one of three individuals to get inducted based solely on track and field accomplishments.
The E-Club Hall of Fame induction ceremony and social will take place starting at 5 p.m. in the Betty R. Tipton Room in Eastern’s Student Center. Tickets are $50.
On May 21, 1999, Edwards jumped 25 feet and 2½ inches at the NCAA Division III national meet at Baldwin-Wallace, breaking the men’s record at Eastern. He also holds the Eastern’s men’s 200-meter record of 21.74 seconds which he set on April 21, 200, at Springfield College. To this day, Edwards’ records have not been broken.
During Edwards’ freshman year at Eastern, he won the New England Alliance championships in the long jump with a mark of 23 feet and four inches. Later he won the Division III New England championships and finished fourth at the New England Open championships. Unfortunately, his marks fell short of qualifying for the Division III national championships. Edwards returned for the outdoor season of his sophomore year and qualified for nationals throughout the remainder of his track career.
“Jason is one of those athletes that I was lucky to have coached and will remember for my entire life,” said Edwards’ former coach and current head track and field coach Kathy Manizza. “As an athlete, he had it all: incredible talent, positive attitude, great work ethic and focus. He knew how to work hard, but he also knew how to keep it fun and enjoy the sport.”