Inducted in 1982
Bruce Bickford
Born on March 3, 1957 in Benton, Maine
Education:
Lawrence High School, 1975
Northeastern University (Boston), 1980

A member of a series of Lawrence Class B sectional and state championship teams in indoor-outdoor track and cross country, Bickford was New England cross country champ in 1974 and ran the fastest two-mile by a Maine schoolboy (9:09.5) in the 1975 Dartmouth Invitational.

He was runner-up to Alberto Salazar, current marathon king and record holder (including the BAA).

His first two years at Northeastern, he was IC4A and Penn Relays steeple chase champion at record gaits - 3:34.76 and 8:33.6 in 1977.

He ran a 4:04 mile for third place in the 1977 indoor IC4As, fastest for a Mainer.

Bickford's series of subsequent victories or strong challenges featured an 8:45.3 two-mile win in the IC4As, a personal record 8:30 steeple chase time, breaking his own 10,000 meter record with a 29.19 stint in the Greater Boston cross country meet, and good performances on a European tour.

Bruce has remained active as a postgraduate - now sponsored by New Balance shoes - with track and road victories plus high places all over the eastern United States and Canada.

He was third in the U.S. indoor three-mile championship at Madison Square Garden in 1980, a race won by Ireland's great Eamon Coghlan; also third in the 5 kilometer of the 1982 Toronto Indoor Games.

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