Katherine Waters Sobolewski, ‘00
Katie Walters was an all-MIAA performer and Albion Most Valuable Swimmer all four years during her Briton career, swimming the 100 and 200 butterfly and 200 individual medley. She achieved her highest honor in 2000, winning the league championship in the 200-yard butterfly.
“Katie is a wonderful addition to the Athletic Hall of Fame,” her coach, Keith Havens, said. “She was a hard worker who had a great attitude and was a wonderful team leader.”
Katie went on to earn a doctorate of veterinary medicine from Michigan State and she currently works as an associate veterinarian at Advanced PetCare of Oakland. She lives in Oakland with her husband, Michael, and their son Ethan.
Chris Schuurman, ‘94
Chris Schuurman was Albion’s ace on the mound for the 1993 and 1994 baseball seasons. An all-MIAA pick both seasons, Chris helped the Britons share the league championship with Adrian in 1993 and he was promoted to league MVP in ’94.
A three-year letter winner, Chris compiled a 12-1 record against league rivals with 71 strikeouts in nearly 96 innings over his career from 1992-94. Boosted by 44 strikeouts against just 14 walks, Chris achieved a 1.09 earned run average against league rivals, a figure that ranked second-best in the league, in 1994.
An economics and management major at Albion, Chris currently works as a territory manager for Merchants Insurance Group. He and his wife, Wendy, are the parents of Janna, Ellie, and Korrie.
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.