Bruce Stearns '89
Bruce Stearns '89
Title: Class of 2013

Bruce Stearns ’89 was a standout sprinter and hurdler best known for his excellence on the track in the 55 and 110 meter hurdles.

After taking several years off from school, Stearns enrolled at Worcester State and competed against collegiate performers at the age of 31. He made an immediate impact on the squad during the 1986-87 campaign as he promptly broke both school marks in the sprint hurdles in his first season as a collegian.

That winter, Stearns became the school’s fourth Division III New England Champion in the 55-meter hurdles in a photo finish before he earned All-ECAC honors with sixth place in the same event. In the spring, he captured both the 1987 Worcester City Championship and the MASCAC crown in the 110-meter hurdles.

Stearns also matched the NCAA Division III Indoor Championship standard in the 55-meter hurdles in 1987 and 1988, while his school-record split of 7.74 in the 55-meter hurdles stood for 18 years until it was broken in 2005.

Since 1981, Stearns has served as an assistant sprints, hurdles, vertical jumps and multi-events coach for the women’s track and field team at The College of the Holy Cross. Throughout his 32 years at College Square, Bruce has seen a number of individuals and relay teams compete at the ECAC Division I Championships, at the Open New England Championships and at the NCAA Division I East Regionals.