Student-Athlete Wins 200-Meter Title in Canadian Track & Field Championships
Dan Lobacz,Assistant Athletic DirectorLIU Brooklyn,
Media Relations/Sports Information
Four-time NCAA All-American and LIU Brooklyn senior-to-be Brendon Rodney added a national championship to his already impressive list of accomplishments, as he took home the 200-meter title at the 2014 Canadian Track & Field Championships on June 29. Rodney, who was named the Northeast Conference Most Valuable Performer in both the indoor and outdoor championships during the 2013-14 season, defeated three former Olympians en route to his impressive accomplishment.
During the preliminary round, Rodney finished second out of 24 sprinters with a time of 20.65 despite facing a headwind of 0.9 meters/second. Oluwasegun Makinde, who was an alternate on the 4x100-meter relay team at the Summer Olympics in London in 2012, was the top finisher at 20.56. Just behind Rodney in third place was Jared Connaughton, who ran at both the 2008 Beijing Olympics and in 2012 in London in the 200-meter dash and on the 4x100-meter relay team.
In the finals, Rodney and the eight other competitors faced a 2.3 m/s headwind, but he was up to the challenge. Rodney closed in a time of 20.80, edging out Makinde (20.94) and 2012 Olympian Gavin Smellie (20.95) to take home his first national title.
Rodney will continue his outdoor season at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, from July 23 to Aug. 3. Rodney was one of 50 athletes chosen to represent Canada at the event.
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