Bill Saimond and Doug Stotz. Seems like they were always together on the WPI campus, usually on the cinder track. That was more than 40 years ago.
Not much has changed. They're together again, in this room tonight, and both are about to be inducted into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.
Merl Norcross, head coach of WPI track and field back then, and track coach emeritus today, noted how this dou "represented the best I had. If one wasn't winning an event, surely the other one was."
A four-year letter-winner in track and field, you captained the team in your senior year of 1959. Just as important, you led your team in scoring that season with 59 points. As a junior, you were second on the team in scoring, behind a fellow named Stotz.
You ran the high hurdles, the 440, the low hurdles, and competed on the relay teams. In fact, it was in the 220 low hurdles that you set a record of 24.8 seconds versus Norwich.
As a senior, you concluded your career by finishing fourth in the Easterns in the 440. You would later anchor a mile relay team that won a Knights of Columbus race in the fabled old Boston Garden, setting a school record in the process along with Dave Bragg, Joe Carpentieri and Dave Prosser.
Consistency and positive attitude were traits you constantly exhibited. Producing victory-except, perhaps, when a teammate named Stotz came along-was your benchmark.
On campus, you were listed in "Who's Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges," and you were art editor of Peddler in 1959. Today you are a retired logistics manager, residing in Canton, Conn.
Bill Saimond, for your prowess and positive attitude, it is a privilege to induct you into the WPI Athletic Hall of Fame.