Higgins, a Worcester native, is
considered the first national Holy Cross track star,. He captained
the 1916 undefeated track team and captured both the New England
and the Eastern half-mile championships. As one of the
country's top middle distance stars, he competed against
accomplished runners Ted Meredith of Pennsylvania, Bill Bingham of
Harvard and J. Paul Jones of Cornell.
Following his graduation, Higgins continued running for the Irish-American Athletic Club in New York City. He eventually became the City's sheriff and moved to a prominent career in law.