Top Moment No. 14 in the Mount's countdown of the Top 20 Moments of 2012-13 brings us to the men's cross country team where sophomore Tommy Gruschow raced to the Mount's best individual finish at the Northeast Conference Championships in 15 years.
Gruschow had a terrific season heading into the NEC Championships, finishing first overall at Towson, second at Delaware and sixth at Bryant in a preview of the NEC Championship course.
A two-time NEC Athlete of the Week selection during the year, Gruschow did not disappoint at the championships, finishing in second place with a time of 25:08.16 for the 8-kilometer course. It was the highest finish by a Mount runner since Daniel Kinyua won the individual title in 1998. Gruschow earned All-NEC honors with his second-place finish, helping the team to a sixth-place mark at the meet.
Gruschow carried his success from cross country season over to the track, where he won the 5,000m run at the NEC Outdoor Track and Field Championships in May. He also finished sixth in the 1,500m run at the NEC Outdoor Championships and was fourth in both the 5,000m and the 3,000m at the NEC Indoor Championships in February.
Throughout the summer, the athletic department will recap the top 20 moments of the 2012-13 season. Fans can follow along on MountAthletics.com and through social media (Facebook / Twitter). Use the hashtag #MountTop20 to give us your thoughts on the top 20.
2012-13 Top 20 Moments Release Schedule
20. Alicia Mirando Scores Twice to Beat FDU, Continues Mount's Strong Season
19. Emmit S. Burg Arrives on Campus
18. Mount Athletics Celebrates Women in Sports
17. Vanessa Blair Joins NEC Hall of Fame
16. Amanda Reach Ties for Sixth at NEC Championships
15. Kelly Conroy Earns Academic All-America Status
14. Tommy Gruschow Finishes Second at NEC Cross Country Championships
13. July 10, 2013
12. July 12, 2013
11. July 15, 2013
10. July 17, 2013
9. July 19, 2013
8. July 22, 2013
7. July 24, 2013
6. July 26, 2013
5. July 29, 2013
4. July 31, 2013
3. August 2, 2013
2. August 5, 2013
1. August 7, 2013