Eric Worthington ’86

Eric Worthington was the first freshman to earn Bluffton cross country MVP honors, in 1982, and in track the following spring, he ran the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:07.24—a school record until Martin Russ broke it in 2014.

Eric Worthington '86

Eric Worthington ’86

He was a four-year letterman in cross country and an all-league selection twice. He also earned two letters in outdoor track and one in indoor track, and was a Varsity “B” member.

Continuing to run after college, Worthington has finished 13 marathons, including the 2000 Boston Marathon. For three years, he was assistant varsity cross country coach at Warsaw (Ohio) River View High School—where he graduated in 1982—and he has helped organize road races in the area.

Worthington, who graduated from Bluffton with a bachelor’s degree in recreation management, is a chemical process specialist at Organic Technologies, Coshocton, where he had worked for 15 years, at the time of his Athletics Hall of Fame induction. He and his wife, Susan, are residents of nearby Conesville, where he served on the village council for 10 years.