Bret Lynch
Inducted in 2005
Bret Lynch was an outstanding runner at Suffield High School where he participated in Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track. The 1983 graduate earned All North Central Connecticut Conference (NCCC) recognition in Cross Country in the fall of 1982. Later that school year, he won a place on the All State Team in Indoor Track via his performance in the 1500 meter event. He capped his senior year with an outstanding Outdoor Track season where he was the NCCC Conference Champion in the 3000 meter event beating all comers and setting a Conference mark in taking the crown. His prowess in 3000 meter event earned him the runner-up spot in the Class S Championship meet. He was not to be denied in the 1500 meter event where he was the Class S State Champion in 1983. Along the way, he set SHS school records in the 1500 meters (4:09.18), 3000 meters (9:07), and 5000 meters (16:24), all in Outdoor Track. A member of the National Honor Society and recipient of the SHS Coaches Award, Bret was named the winner of the 1983 Meade Alcorn Outstanding Athlete Award as best athlete at Suffield High.

Entering Colgate University in the fall of 1983, his running career continued unabated as he participated in Cross Country, Indoor Track and Outdoor Track. He was named all Conference in Cross Country in 1985 and 1986. In Indoor Track, he was twice named to All Conference teams—Distance Medley Relay in 1985 and 1500 meters in l986. Likewise, in Outdoor Track, he achieved All Conference Honors in l986 and 1987, both years for 1500 meters. While at Colgate, he set school records for 1500 meters in both Indoor Track (3:58.21) and Outdoor Track (3:55.7). He co-captained all three teams his senior year and was Cross Country co-captain as a junior. In all, Brett earned nine varsity letters at Colgate and following graduation, served as assistant varsity coach for all three teams. A frequent member of the Dean’s List, he was also a member of Phi Eta Sigma Academic Honor Society.

The Suffield resident continues to run (including in local road races) and is an active cyclist.