When Roxanne Brockner isn’t working at Stony Brook’s Institute of Chemical Biology & Drug Discovery (ICB&DD), she’s hitting the track and training hard. Brockner recently represented the U.S. as a member of the USA Track and Field (USATF) Masters Athletics team at the North and Central America and the Caribbean Region of the World Masters Athletics (NCCWMA) Championship in Toronto, Canada. She competed with nearly 1,000 athletes from 26 countries.
Brockner not only competed, she won the 100-meter (13.41), 200-meter (27.60) and 400-meter (65.60) events with a personal best time and set new Long Island records for women in the 50-year-old age group (W50). She was the only U.S. female runner in the competition to win three gold medals in the sprinting events, and her team also won the 4 x 400-meter relay.
“This was my first time representing the U.S., and it sure felt very good, both for me personally and as a team, to be so successful,” she said. Brockner is the current national champion in the 400-meter indoor and last year’s 400-meter outdoor track for the W50 age group.
“Congratulations on your outstanding performance at the NCCWMA championships,” said Stony Brook University Track Coach Howard Powell. “You are an inspiration to me and the athletes on our team. I’ve watched you evolve over the past two years and have been impressed with your dedication to your training.”
Brockner works as assistant to the director of ICB&DD, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Iwao Ojima.
USATF Masters Athletics programs offer adults a variety of competitive and fitness opportunities in race walking and track and field. Competitions generally take place in five-year age divisions, starting at age 30.