|Title:||Class of 1999|
David Berthiaume, you must be counted among WPI's greatest cross country runners and its finest steeplechasers. In fact, you hold one distinction that no other WPI athlete has ever achieved: you are the only cross country runner in Engineers history to qualify for the NCAA National Championships, a distinction achieved during your senior year.
"David had a fabulous career at WPI," says his coach, Merl Norcross. "Everything has to be right in order to qualify for the NCAAs, and he was the only WPI cross country runner ever to reach those heights. He is a very deserving inductee."
To make it to the nationals, you had to place in the New Englands in the Fall of 1990. As the senior captain, you went on to finish in the upper echelon of runners at the nationals, held in Grinnell, Iowa.
You also made your mark in another forum-at the City Championships. For three straight years, as a sophomore, junior, and senior, you won the city cross country title. You also led your teams to outstanding overall records. During your four years at WPI, the team finished 54-3-1.
You also earned another distinction at WPI. You still hold the WPI track record in the steeplechase, which you set in the spring of 1991. The record, 9:24.7, is still listed on the walls of Alumni Gymnasium. You also participated in the 3000- and 5000- meter runs. During that time, the track team won 95 percent of its meets.
An excellent student you graduated with distinction from WPI with a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. Today you are a project manager for ProFlow Inc., a small manufacturing firm in North Haven, Conn.
David Berthiaume, for your distinctive achievements in cross country and track and field, it is an honor to induct you into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.