The men's team broke two Dickinson College Track and Field Outdoor Records in 1988. Andy Chilicki replaced Al Winfrey, class of 1973, in the shot put record-book (49 feet, 3 inches), and Cal Williams replaced Jerry Urich, class of 1975, with the record for the 220 yard dash (21.7 seconds). Cal Williams was also named "All-American" at the NCAA Division III championship on May 25-28, 1988. Letter men for that year included: Todd Baker, Todd Weitzman, Tom Wernerbach, Andrew Chilicki, Gersom Lopez, Mark Sucoloski, John Tingley, Eric Bardman, Michael Denitto, Ronald Duska, Joseph Holmes, Donald Kjelleren, Calvin Williams, and Paul Racenet. Ten additional men received participation awards: Brian Bobyak Todd Callaghan, Gavin Corn, Mike Dever, Bryan Ellis, David Giordano, Tarrance Lasher, Petter Matthews, and Chris Mead. The team finished ninth in the MAC Track And Field Championships.
The women's team placed fourth at the 1988 MAC Track and Field Championship, where Denise Shotwell received the Most Valuable Female Performer for the second year in a row. At the NCAA Division III Track and Field Championships, Susan Baldwin received the title of "All-American". Awards were given to: Margaret (Molly) Dean, Felicia Dudack, Lori Kuhni, Michelle Mattson, Sarah Mench, Mamiko Nishimura, Chris Pappalardo, Lori Sieko, Lisa Walaas, Tricia Gaffney, Nancy Litchfield, Nancy Reudin, Denise Shotwell, Michelle Wolkomir, Susan Baldwin, Cyndi Lyn Olcott. Other participates included: Sue Bridi, Therese Carter, Malanie McNally, Laurel Ryan, and Kristen Watson.
The MAC, formally known as the Middle Atlantic States Collegiate Athletic Association, began in 1912. Dickinson was a charter member. The women's teams competed in the Penn-Del League until 1978, when they too joined the MAC. In 1983, Dickinson, along with seven other schools, broke away from the 26 schools that then comprised the MAC. The "Egg-Head Eight", as they were called, formed the Centennial Conference and competed together only in football. Dickinson still participated in the MAC in other sports. Two other schools from the MAC and Bryn Mawr joined the Centennial Conference in 1993 when the Conference began competing in all sports.