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Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame Elects Class of 2016

Edward B. Kirby and Walter D. “Duke” Wood are elected

Rochester, NY: The Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame proudly announces their Class of 2016.  The members of the Class of 2016 are Athletes Edward B. Kirby (Cornell University, posthumous) and Walter D. “Duke” Wood (Cornell University, posthumous).

The members of the Class of 2016 will be inducted into the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame at an annual awards banquet which is yet to be scheduled.

With the election of the Class of 2016, the number of members of the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame is 78, consisting of 67 men and 11 women.  There are 62 athletes (51 male, 11 female), 12 coaches, and 4 contributors in the Hall.

Members of the Class of 2016:

Edward Buckler Kirby, a 1924 graduate of Cornell University, is a 1924 Olympic Bronze medalist as a member of the third place 3,000 meter team. He finished in sixth place overall and was the first US finisher in the event. Kirby won the 1924 US Championship in the 800 meter run and was the 1923 IC4A Champion in the one mile run. During his career, he set the Van Cortlandt Park cross country record (1923). Kirby served as Captain of the cross country team in 1922 and the track team in 1923-24.

Walter Donogan “Duke” Wood, a 1936 graduate of Cornell University, was a 1936 US Olympian where he finished 13th in the discus throw. Wood was the 1935 US National Junior Champion in the shot put and the 1936 IC4A champion in the discus throw. He is a two-time Heptagonal Champion (1936 discus throw and 1935 shot put) and a two-time Heptagonal runner-up (1936 shot put and 1935 discus throw). Wood is also a two-time Penn Relays Champion (1936 shot put and 1936 discus throw). In 1935, he set a Cornell school record in the shot put (50 feet 3 1/8 inches), becoming the first Cornellian to exceed 50 feet. In 1936, he set the Cornell school record in the discus throw (158-3) and the Heptagonal Championship record in the discus throw (150-6 1/4). Wood was inducted into the Cornell Athletics Hall of Fame in the Class of 1982.

Kirby and Wood are the thirtieth and thirty-first persons with ties to Cornell University elected to the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame joining Herbert J. Mols (Contributor, Class of 1998), John Paul Jones (Class of 1999), Charles H. Moore (Class of 2000), Meredith C. “Flash” Gourdine (Class of 2001), John F. “Jack” Moakley (Coach, Class of 2001), Louis C. “Lou” Montgomery (Coach, Class of 2001), Alma Richards (Class of 2001), Irvin “Bo” Roberson (Class of 2001), John F. Anderson (Class of 2002), Albert W. Hall (Class of 2002), Peter D. Pfitzinger (Class of 2002), John F. “Jack” Warner, Sr. (Coach, Class of 2002), Frank K. Foss (Class of 2003), Robert J. Kane (Contributor, Class of 2003), Tell S. Berna (Class of 2004), Edward T. Cook, Jr. (Class of 2005), Henry A. “Hank” Russell (Class of 2005), Doriane Lambelet (Coleman) (Class of 2006), Jon P. Anderson (Class of 2008), Stephanie A. Best (Class of 2010), Harry Franklin Porter (Class of 2010), Walter S. Ashbaugh (Class of 2011), Thomas L. Gage (Class of 2011), David C. Munson (Class of 2011), Stephen M. Machooka (Class of 2012), Ivan C. Dresser (Class of 2013), Leander J. “Lee” Talbot, Jr. (Class of 2013), Walker B. Smith (Class of 2014).

About the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame

Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame is provisionally chartered by the Regents of the University of the State of New York. The purpose of the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame is to recognize those individuals who made significant and outstanding contributions to the Sport of Athletics (including Track & Field, Long Distance Running, Race Walking, and Cross Country Running) while living within the geographic boundaries (New York State West of and including the counties of Oswego, Onondaga, Cortland, and Broome) of the Niagara Association as athletes (including Masters), coaches, and/or contributors (including administrators and competition officials).

Nominations to the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame

Nominations for the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame close on February 15th each year. Any person may submit nominations for this Hall of Fame. Nomination forms may are available on the Niagara Track & Field Hall of Fame website ( In order to be considered, an individual needs to be nominated.

PDF version: Class of 2016 Press Release


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