SBU Track Star Triumphs at USATF Masters Athletics Championships
Roxanne Brockner, assistant to the director of Stony Brook’s Institute of Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, won three individual events and helped Team USA set a world relay record at the recent USA Track and Field (USATF) Masters Championships in Ames, Iowa.
Brockner won the 400, 200 and 100 meters with times of 1:04.43, 28.08 seconds and 13.56 seconds, respectively. Her time of 13.56 in the 100 meters was only .29 tens of a second from the American record of 13.27.
On the last day of the competition, Brockner helped the USA W55 4 x 400 relay set a new world record as they crushed Great Britain’s record of 4.27.33 by almost 4 seconds with a 4.23.52. In addition to Brockner, relay team members included Sue McDonald from California, Lisa Valle from New Mexico, Michelle Rohl from Pennsylvania.
“This was a great meet for me,” said Brockner, who is ranked second in the world in the 100 with a 13.56 as well as in the 200 with a 28.08, and third in the 400 with a 1:04.13. “I was able to achieve the perfect trifecta winning the 400, 200 and 100 meters. My times were excellent for my Womens 55 (W55) age category.”
More than 1,000 runners participated in various age categories from 35 to 90. Brockner — who competes with USATF Long Island team Elitefeats — has been a part of Masters Track since turning 50 in 2016. USATF is a national organization for track and field athletes, and USATF Masters has become very competitive with regional, national and world championships.
Brockner was able to edge out former NCAA champion Alisa Harvey and multiple Masters American record holder Sue McDonald despite an injured Achilles tendon and extreme heat and humidity.
“I am very proud of Roxanne, she worked hard this season,” said Stony Brook University Track Coach Howard Powell. “She executed her race plan and remained focused on the things that she could control. I believe that she can run faster, and I am excited to see how well she will run when healthy.”
Brockner trains at the SBU track with her fiancé, Chemistry professor Dale Drueckhammer, who was Long Island Masters Track Male of the Year in 2017 and 2019.
“I am very proud to represent Stony Brook University and hold a world record in athletics.”
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