|Title:||Class of 1986|
Cary Palulis, your accomplishments in track and field and cross country are storied at WPI and in New England. For four years, from 1964 to 1968, you were the benchmark to which all others' performances were measured.
Among your accomplishments in track and field were three New England and three Eastern half-mile championships. Only the then freshman eligibility rule prevented you, probably, from winning four times. Your time of 1:50.8 in the 880-yard trials of the New England Championships at Boston College in your senior year still stands unapproached as a school record.
Through your four years you were the leading scorer on the Engineers track team and went undefeated in the quarter-mile, half-mile and two mile runs, and in the mile relay, on which you ran the anchor leg. In 1968 you anchored the school record-setting mile relay team which went the distance in 3:21.2. At one time, you weld four school records, including the 880, mile, two-mile and mile relay. You broke school track records, then broke them again, more then 20 times in your college career.
As a freshman, you compiled a 19-0 record and then followed that with a 25-0 record in your sophomore year. During your junior and senor year, you won 45 of 47 races.
on a very cold and rainy day in April of your senior year, you tasted sweet revenge as you defeated Ethiopian Olympic star Sebs Mambo in the mile, then only man to defeat you in that event.
Later in your senior y ear, you passed up your commencement exercises to compete in the NCAA College Division Championships in California, becoming the first WPI student ever to compete in the event. Fate frowned on you that day, though, and within sight of the finish line injury forced you out of the race.
Equally as impressive as your track accomplishments were your cross country efforts. You broke no less then four course records in four years and lost only six times during those four years. Twice, you finished third in the New England Cross Country Championships. Your teammates had such respect for you as a person and as an athlete that they named you captain for your sophomore though senior years.
Overshadowed by your track and cross country activities, but a demonstration of your versatility as an athlete, was your one year of varsity competition the tech wrestling team when the team needed someone of your side.
Cary Palulis, it is with the greatest admiration and gratitude that your alma mater honors you for your extraordinary athletic achievements with your induction into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.