|Title:||Class of 1989|
Al Briggs, your accomplishments in cross country and indoors and outdoor track are unparalleled in the histroy of WPI. You set the standard for every WPI runner who has come after you-a high-water mark that track and cross country athletics still strive for.
You still hold the title of the fastest miler in WPI history. You were also undefeated in dual meet competition during three of your years at WPI. You were the epitome of the distance runner-steady, confident and strong, right to the finish line.
Your talent and hard work won you numerous honors, including servie as co-captain of both the track and cross country teams in 1976. That same year you earned a dramatic, come-from-behind victory in the Eastern Intercollegiate Championships in the lime race. The victory set a new Easterns record. You also competed in the national NCAA Divison II finals as a junior and senior, a measure of your talent. As a senior, WPI presented you with the Varsity Club Award, a tribute given to the outstanding senior athlete.
Perhaps your greatest triumph came in 1975. That year you raced your way to the finals of the NCAA Divison II finals, finishing seventh in the competition. That earned you the distinguished title of All-American, the first runner in WPI history to be so honored. It was a fitting finish to a remarkable year, a year in which your performance was instrumental in the track team's undefeated and united season.
Your academic record was the equal of your athletic achievements. You were elected to Skull, the senior honor society, were named to Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities, and devoted your time to your fraternity, Phi Kappa Theta, and to the student news paper, where you were sports editor. You completed your academic career by graduating with distinction.
Al Briggs, it is with great pleasure and admiration that we honor your athletic achievements by inducting you into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.