Bruce Collins earned a permanent place in Pennsylvania’s track and field annals as one of the outstanding collegiate hurdlers of the early 1970’s.
An NCAA, IC4A and Heptagonal Games champion in the 400-intermediate hurdles, Collins was the Penn Relays champion in the event in 1972 and 1973, and ran on the Carnival’s shuttle hurdles relay championship teams in 1972, 1973, and 1974. In 1972, as a Pennsylvania sophomore, he ran the fourth fastest time in the U.S. Olympic trials. His school record for the event still stands, and his best time of 13.98 seconds for the 110-meter high hurdles is the second fastest ever run by a Quaker. Collins also ran the 400-meter leg in the still-standing school record of 9:41.6 for the distance medley relay, run in 1974.