Honors & Awards
NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Qualifier (2010)
- Academic All-Big Ten Fall (2011)
- Second-Team Academic All-Big 12 (2010)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2011, 2013; Spring 2012, 2013)
- Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll (Fall 2010, Spring 2011)
Senior Tommy Brinn will try to battle back from injuries suffered during the spring of 2012 in hopes of leading Nebraska on the cross country course this fall. If Brinn is unable to build a training base early in the season because of limitations caused by his injuries, he could take a redshirt season in 2012. Brinn's leadership may be a key if he is healthy, as fellow senior Trevor Vidlak will be out with injury in 2012.
Brinn earned his first cross country letter after providing strong running in the middle of the Husker lineup as a junior in 2011.
Brinn started his junior campaign with a pair of top-20 finishes for Nebraska, including a sixth-place performance at the UNO/Creighton Invitational in Omaha (28:11.18). He followed up that effort with a 12th-place finish (26.14.6) at the SDSU Classic in Brookings, S.D.
He added a strong performance at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, running a time of (26:45) to place 255th overall in a meet that boasted one of the strongest fields in the country.
Brinn capped his junior campaign by running a season personal-best of 26:15 to finish 74th at the Big Ten Championships. He added a 121st-place finish at the NCAA Midwest Regional in Dekhalb, Ill. (34:21.81).
A strong performer off the course as well, Brinn claimed academic All-Big Ten honors for his performance in the classroom.
Follwing an impressive freshman season, Brinn established himself as one of Nebraska's top eight competirors throughout the season and capped his second cross country season by finishing 82nd at his first Big 12 Championships.
Brinn opened the year with an eighth-place finish at the Creighton/UNO Classic as the third Husker to cross the finish line. He added a 44th-place finish at the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational two weeks later. Brinn finished 152nd (25:44.6) at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, before settling for 211th at the Indiana State Pre-Nationals on Oct. 16.
He concluded his cross country season by finishing 82nd (27:03.3) at the Big 12 Championships in Stillwater, Okla., on Oct. 30.
During spring, Brinn continued to excel for the Huskers in track. NU's top 800-meter competitor on the track, Brinn earned All-Big 12 honors indoors and outdoors. He finished second at the Big 12 outdoor meet, when he ran a team and personal-best 1:48.87 in the 800. Diuring the indoor season, Brinn ran a team and personal-best 1:49.20 at the Texas A&M Challenge. He also notched a personal-best 2:26.62 in the indoor 1,000 at the adidas Classic.
Brinn made his Husker debut at the Creighton/UNO Classic, where he was the fifth Husker to cross the finish line in ninth place. He went on to compete in three more regular-season meets, including the Woody Greeno/Nebraska Invitational (172nd), Wisconsin adidas Invitational (119th) and Indiana State Pre-Nationals (90th).
Brinn excelled during the 2010 track and field season, where he earned three All-Big 12 honors. He was the Huskers' top 800-meter runner both indoors and outdoors, running times of 1:52.06 and 1:49.53, respectively. Brinn also cleared 1:50.17 during the preliminaries of the Big 12 Indoor Championships on Iowa State's 300-meter oversized track. He went on to finish fourth in the 800-meter final, earning Brinn his first All-Big 12 honor.
Outdoors, Brinn finished fifth at the Big 12 Outdoor Championships in the 800 meters with a time of 1:49.70 and ran a leg of the fifth-place 4x400-meter relay to earn two more All-Big 12 honors and help the men's team win their second straight outdoor team title. Brinn capped the year by running a leg of the 4x400-meter relay at the NCAA West Preliminary Round that placed ninth and qualified for the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Ore., where he was an alternate on the relay.
High School (Otsego)
Brinn came to Nebraska after finishing as Otsego's top runner his final two seasons at the Michigan Lower Peninsula Division 2 Cross Country Championships, including an 11th-place individual finish in 2008 that propelled the Bulldogs to third in the team standings under Coach Steve Long.
Brinn excelled on the track in the 800 meters, where he captured back-to-back Michigan Lower Peninsula Division 2 championships as a junior and senior, setting the meet record as a junior with a time of 1:51.76. He also finished second in the 400 meters and was a member of the runner-up 4x400-meter relay at the state meet in 2009. Brinn led Michigan to a win over Ohio and Indiana at the 2009 Midwest Meet of Champions with a meet-record and personal-best time of 1:49.27. Brinn ranked No. 4 nationally as a senior and No. 22 as a junior in the 800 meters. Brinn was sixth at the 2009 USA Junior Nationals in Eugene, Ore., with a time of 1:53.25.
The son of Chauncy and Janis Brinn, Tommy was born Feb. 11, 1990. Brinn has one brother, Trevor. Tommy is majoring in advertising and public relations at Nebraska and captured academic All-Big Ten honors in 2011. He was a second-team academic All-Big 12 pick in 2010. Brinn earned spots on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall and spring semesters of 2011-12 and the spring semester of 2013.