The Northeast Conference will crown its cross country champions this upcoming Saturday at Bryant University, hence the subject of today’s #ThrowbackThursday.
Before he became an Olympic Marathoner, Brian Sell was propelling Saint Francis U to the NEC XC team title.
Sell, who posted three consecutive top-five finishes at the NEC Cross Country Championships (1998-2000), helped the Red Flash capture their first-ever #NECXC men’s team title.
After placing fifth on the individual leaderboard in 1998, Sell moved up to second overall in 1999 as SFU ended Mount St. Mary’s quest for a fifth straight team title. The Keystone State product was again the top finisher for Saint Francis U in 2000, powering the Flash to back-to-back NEC crowns.
Sell, who was a 2015 enshrinee to the SFU Athletics Hall of Fame, finished third overall at the 2008 US Olympic trials in the marathon and went on to compete in Beijing.