A member of the cross country and track teams, he teamed with fellow Sports Hall of Fame member Eric Holmboe '81 to form the best one-tow running combination in F&M history. Brian was a four-year letter winner in cross country, three times earning F&M "Most Valuable Runner" honors. Brian finished among the top six in the Middle Atlantic Conference championships all four years, three times qualifying for the NCAA championships. As a sophomore, Brian set the F&M 4.5-mile course record with 23:19.
His senior season was his best, as he place second in the MAC championships, first in the NCAA regionals and sixth in the nationals to earn All-American honors. In track, Brian started his sophomore season with the MAC Indoor two-mile title and the F&M record for the three-mile run. Improving each year, Brian won the outdoor two-mile run at the MAC Championships and set the team record of 31:58.6 in qualifying for the nationals in the 10,000-meter run.
As a senior, Gross lowered his mark in the 10,000 by almost a minute (30:59) to again qualify for the national championships and was named the William J. Iannicelli Award Winner. Brian earned his B.A. degree in geology and went on to earn an M.S. from Penn State University. He is now a resource analyst and lives in Arlington, Va.