Athletic Hall of Fame

The Gustavus Adolphus College Hall of Fame was established in 1978 at which time 19 "Charter Members" were inducted either as coaches or as athletes. As of the fall of 2019, 327 individuals (305 athletes, 15 coaches and 10 benefactors) have been elected to the Hall of Fame.

The beautiful Hall of Fame room on the second floor of the Lund Center was originally partially endowed by the families of both Dwight Holcombe's (the only father/son combination holding membership in the Hall). The hardwood plaque upon which the individual plates are permanently displayed was donated by the family of former football coach and Hall of Fame member Jocko Nelson, who passed away in 1978.

Jackie Luehmann

Track & Field

Inducted: 2019

The greatest shot putter in Gustavus women’s track & field history, Jackie Luehmann made her name known on the national stage by earning six All-America honors from 2001-04. With a quiet demeanor, Luehmann let the results speak for themselves as she showed up when it mattered most.

Brute strength and unmatched explosiveness allowed Luehmann to win eight Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships between the shot put and weight throw, including four consecutive outdoor shot put titles. She still holds school records in the indoor and outdoor shot put at 47’ 2.5” and 46’ 10”, respectively. Luehmann also captured 14 All-Conference honors in the shot, weight throw, discus, and hammer throw.

During the 2003 season, Luehmann was named the MIAC Most Outstanding Field Athlete in both the indoor and outdoor seasons. With Luehmann anchoring the team’s throwers, Gustavus finished in the top-four at the MIAC Indoor and Outdoor Championships from 2001-04. Luehmann and fellow 2019 Hall of Fame inductee Kristin Petersen Smith combined for 18 points at the 2004 NCAA Outdoor Championships, capturing 16th place for the Gusties (the most points and best finish by a Gustavus woman’s track & field team in program history).

Academics played a major role in Luehmann’s student-athlete experience at Gustavus as she earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors her junior and senior seasons.

After graduating in 2004 with a degree in biology, Luehmann started at Rochester’s Mayo Clinic as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist in the Endocrine Laboratory and was promoted to Quality Specialist in 2009. In 2015, she became a Quality Specialist in the Clinical Mass Spectrometry Laboratory and 2018 moved to the Infectious Disease Serology Laboratory. Outside of her work at Mayo Clinic, Luehmann is the Sports Coordinator for Rock Solid Sports Camp in Rochester and is the head throwing event official for the Minnesota State High School League Section 1A Track & Field meet. Jackie is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Risk Control at the University of Wisconsin-Stout and lives in Rochester with her sister Ashley.