SBU staff member sets new records at World Masters Athletics Championship |

Roxanne Brockner, assistant to the director of the Stony Brook Institute for Chemical Biology and Drug Discovery, represented the United States at the World Masters Athletics Championship in Tampere, Finland in July and competed in the 100, 200 and 400 meters and was the starting leg for the 4 x 100 meter relay.

More than 3,000 athletes participated in the championship. Brockner, who competes in Masters Track for USA Track and Field (USATF), is part of the Long Island team, Elitefeats. She competes in the women’s 55-year-old division and has been part of Masters Track since 2016.

“I was honored to compete against the best in the world in my W55 age class,” said Brockner. “Not only did I finish fourth in all three events, but I set two new individual American records for W55 in the 200 and 400 meters at 27.50 and 63.79 respectively. I was very happy to set the records Americans, particularly in the 200. That record, previously held by track star Joy Upshaw, has stood firm for six years since 2016. That year was my first Nationals, and I wasn’t even not close to that time.. didn’t know i would be the one to break it six years later.

Brockner was also the starting leg of the 4 x 100 meter relay for Team USA, which won gold.

“Roxanne’s results at the World Championships in Finland were outstanding,” said Stony Brook University Athletics Head Coach Andrew Ronan. “To be able to produce performances of such quality on the biggest stage in the world for sport was truly remarkable. You don’t achieve this level of excellence without a lot of hard work, dedication and passion. Roxanne spends several months of the year with no fanfare working towards her goals, so it’s exciting to see her being rewarded for all that time and sacrifice She represented the United States and the Stony Brook University community at the World Championships with style and class.

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Brockner had the support of his family and close friends who accompanied him to the championship.

Brockner trains at the Stony Brook track with her husband, SBU chemistry teacher Dale Drueckhammer, and is coached by SBU alumnus and former county 400-meter champion Vinnie Battaglia.