Tom ran track and cross country for the Bulldogs. He set Butler records in the 880 (800 meters), 1 mile, 4 mile and 5 mile cross country distances. Tom also anchored several Butler relay teams. A three time cross country M.V.P., Tom was Little State Champion in the 880 and Mile multiple times as well as winning the Mile twice at the Big State track meet. His records at 800 meters and 1,500 meters still stand at Butler, although they were set during the era of cinder tracks. Tom qualified for the 1976 and 1980 U.S. Olympic Trials.