Collins had an oustanding career as a runner at Holy Cross. When he graduated, he held the school records in the 100 (9.4 seconds) and the 220 (21.2. seconds). He was the first runner in New England history to have won the 100 and 200 three straight years at the New England Intercollegiate Track Championships. In fact, he lost just one dual meet race - a 220 when he was a sophomore - during his collegiate career. Collins was named Crusader of the Year in 1968. After graduation, he went on to law school at Georgetown University and while there competed for the Sports International Track Club of Washington. He represented the U.S. in track meets held in Trinidad and Madrid.