Cam Luster’s Journey to Success
You might think that Senior Triple Jumper Cam Luster’s athletic frame is the reason why he’s so successful. And you’d be right. Cam Luster’s 6’4” build holds a special combination of speed, explosiveness, and versatility that makes him one of the best athletes Birmingham-Southern (BSC) has ever seen. But there’s more to Luster’s success than just his physical skills.
Luster’s BSC career flourished from the beginning, collecting All-Conference, All Region, and a National Qualifying triple jump (47.5 feet) all in his freshman year. He earned his sterling reputation as an elite triple jumper, but he was known to score points in other events like the long jump, high jump, and 100-meter dash. Luster’s season was one to remember, but a torn quadricep muscle cut his Nationals appearance short.
Luster remained dedicated and came back to campus healthy for his sophomore season. In Winter 2017, Luster partially tore his hamstring during the first indoor meet of the season, leaving him out for the rest of indoor and less than healthy for the outdoor season. He finished third in the high jump and triple jump at the SAA Outdoor Track & Field Conference Championships despite his set back in January.
In 2018, Luster was determined to shake the injury bug, but he sustained a back injury and subsequent surgery prior to indoor season.
After three major injuries in three years, most people would hang up the spikes. But Cameron Luster is not “most people.” Four months after back surgery, Luster was competing again. Luster recorded a high jump of 6’3.5” at the Swanee Indoor Invitational, earning him All-Region honors.
Luster was later quoted saying, “I practiced maybe two or three times after surgery. I came into that meet pretty rusty.” After a torn quadricep, torn hamstring, and back surgery, Luster earned All-Region honors in his first competition in nine months. Most people would argue this could be Luster’s greatest accomplishment, but Cameron Luster is not “most people.”
Luster was injured by a gunshot wound in his shoulder. Army doctors removed the bullet and sent him home with a Purple Heart. This spring, Luster got a call from his Army Reserve officer. This call would change his life forever. The US Army would send troops to Damascus, Syria in June, and Luster was on the roster. Cam dropped his responsibilities at home and shipped out to a war-torn nation with no issued return date.
A month into his tour, Luster was injured by a gunshot wound in his shoulder. Army doctors removed the bullet, deemed him fit to return stateside, and sent him home with a Purple Heart. Luster returned to campus in August with one thing on his mind: Track & Field. Luster informed his coached he’d be competing this season, making him the first athlete in BSC history to sustain an in-combat wound and return to play.
Luster still plans to finish his accounting degree this spring. You can find him walking on campus with his Great Dane, Gracie. Most people would say Cam Luster’s story is from a movie script or a fiction novel, but thankfully, Cameron Luster is not “most people.