KUTZTOWN | Kutztown University track & field alum Justin Collins was one of nine recipients to be inducted into the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania State Hall of Fame last weekend.
Collins is a graduate of Western Wayne High School and competed at KU from 1999-2004.
At Kutztown, Collins was a four-time All-America performer in the long jump, the second-most All-America honors for a Golden Bear in program history. He was a six-time Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) Champion, including four in 2004 with titles in the triple and long jump. He also won an ECAC Championship.
During the indoor season, Collins was a two-time All-America performer in the long jump, placing fifth at the 2004 NCAA Division II Indoor Championships. His indoor-best performance of 24-7.75 set a school record, which he still holds today. Earlier in the 2004 indoor season, Collins was named PSAC Athlete of the Year and Most Outstanding Field Athlete at the championships after winning the long jump and triple jump at the PSAC Indoor Championships.
During the outdoor season, Collins earned All-America honors with a third-place finish in the long jump at the NCAA Division II Outdoor Championships. His PSAC Championship long jump of 25-0.75 set a school- and meet-record, both of which still stand today. He was also the PSAC champ in the triple jump.
A team captain and MVP as a senior in 2004, Collins was voted the KU Male Athlete of the Year as a senior. He was a four-year member of the KU Presidential Ambassadors, serving as the Vice Chairman in 2003. Collins is currently a business education teacher at Western Wayne High School.