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Men's Track Wraps Up Spring at NCAA Championships
Updated: Friday 05/25/2013 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary men's track and field team wrapped up its spring season Saturday night at the NCAA Eastern Preliminaries, with two athletes running in the semifinals of the 5,000m.  While no men advanced to the NCAA finals in two weeks, 2013 can still be counted as one of the most successful in a number of years, with the Tribe claiming its first CAA crown since 2004 and advancing seven men to the national preliminaries, one of the top-three totals ever for the Green and Gold.

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Leading the way in the evening race was junior Rad Gunzenhauser (Pittsburgh, Pa.), who crossed the line in 14:28.74 to take 30th overall.  Gunzenhauser was the IC4A champion at 5,000m indoors, and set lifetime-bests both indoors and out this season at this distance as well as at 10,000m, where he briefly led the nation earlier this spring.  He was also instrumental in the conference championship effort, taking third in the 10,000m and second in the steeplechase despite running that event for the first time ever.

Also competing in the 5,000m was senior Alex McGrath (Marlborough, N.H.), who came in 36th with a time of 14:38.16.  McGrath, who was the CAA champion, Athlete of the Year, and Scholar-Athlete of the Year in cross country, wrapped up his stellar four years in Williamsburg with the race.  This spring he ran a lifetime-best 13:55.37 at the Mt. SAC Relays, while also marking all-time-best efforts in the 1,500m, mile, and 3,000m.  He took second in both the 5,000m and 10,000m at the CAA Championships, and was All-East indoors at 3,000m.  McGrath graduated two weeks ago, and was named a Fulbright Scholar to Russia for 2013-14.

Even though the collegiate season is done, William and Mary looks to be well-represented on the national and international scene this summer.  Several freshmen are scheduled to compete at the USAT&F Junior Championships in four weeks, and athletes and alumni could also be selected to represent Team USA at the World University Games, Pan-American Junior Games, Maccabiah Games, and the IAAF World Championships.

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