Virgil Petty, ‘99
Virgil Petty is the only man in the long history of the MIAA to win the 100-meter dash all four years.
His best time in the event was 10.75 seconds in a preliminary heat during the 1997 MIAA Field Day. He went on to beat the field in the final with a time of 10.79. Virgil also won the MIAA title in the 200 meters in 1996.
Virgil added a pair of first team all-MIAA awards as a running back for the football team. He rushed for 1,551 yards and 25 touchdowns in three seasons against league rivals from 1996-98. The 21 touchdowns and 126 points he scored during the 1997 season still stand as school records. He also shares the school standard for most touchdowns scored in a game with five.
A speech communications major at Albion, Virgil has worked as a network engineer for the State of Michigan and Wayne State University.
Nicholas E. Morgan, ‘04
Nick Morgan produced points in the hurdles events to boost Albion to the MIAA men’s track & field championship and a 13th place finish in the NCAA Championship in 2004.
A native of Flint, Morgan earned individual league titles in the 110- and 400-meter hurdles events to leave Field Day with the MIAA’s Most Outstanding Runner award.
He went on to compete in the NCAA Championship for the third time in his career, and it proved to be the charm as he pulled away from a tightly-grouped field to win the national championship. Getting a boost off the second-to-last hurdle, Nick completed the race in 14.56 seconds. His preliminary time of 14.39 seconds still stands as the Albion record.
Nick won 10 MIAA titles in all. He was a three-time league champion in the 110-meter hurdles, also winning the event in 2002 and 2003.
Nick graduated with a degree in psychology and he went on to the National University of Health Sciences where he completed a doctoral degree in naturopathic medicine in 2011. He lives in Okemos where he owns the Center for Integrative Wellness. Nick also serves on the board of directors of the Genesee County STEM Academy.
J. Matthew Lowman, ‘97
Matt Lowman was a four-time all-MIAA performer and he helped the Britons claimed the 1994 league championship by a margin of 60 strokes.
His best season was 1995 when he finished second in the league with a 76.9-stroke average and earned medalist honors in league jamborees played at the Duck Lake Country Club and Forest Hills Golf Club.
He was the medalist in six league jamborees during his career, including a score of 70 at Duck Lake in 1993 and a course-record round of 71 at the Winding Creek Golf Club in 1994.
Paul Holdren, ‘74
Paul Holden achieved all-MIAA distinction in 1974, wrestling his way to the league championship in the 158-pound weight class.
His career took off after suffering five losses in the last two weeks of his first year as he ripped off 38 victories in his final three seasons. He was 6-0 until an injury derailed his junior year and he went on to achieve a 17-0 record as a senior. He held 11 school records upon graduation.
Paul jumped into teaching after graduation, but took a break to work on a master’s degree in divinity from Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Ky. Paul pastored churches in Michigan, Kentucky and West Virginia from 1985-92, but has since returned to the teaching profession, currently teaching biology in the Genesee Intermediate School District.
Paul remained active in wrestling as coach of high school teams at Flint Northwestern from 1975-81 and Burtin-Bendle from 1996-97 and he launched the program at Mott Community College in 2002.
Paul resides in Holly with his wife, Karen. They are the parents of Anna, Joshua, Alyssa, Jarret, Andrea, John, Keith, and Amanda.