LIU Alumnus Brendon Rodney Runs to NEC Olympics History

Canadian 4×100 Relay Team (Photo: @de6rasse)

Brendon Rodney has joined Christie Pearce in an elite club of Northeast Conference alumni.

The Canadian sprinter medaled in a second consecutive Olympic Games, matching the feat achieved by the former US Women’s Soccer captain. 

Rodney, a LIU alumnus who holds the all-time NEC 100m and 200m records, earned his first Olympic medal in 2016 when he helped Canada’s 4x100m men’s relay team secure bronze. 

The former 200m Canadian champion again earned a spot on nation’s 4x100m team for the delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. 

In Tokyo, Rodney ran the third leg in both the qualifying and final rounds. He and his mates clocked in at 37.70 for the final, finishing third behind Italy (37.50) and Great Britain (37.51). 

Rodney narrowly missed qualifying for the men’s 200m semifinals earlier in the week. He ran 20.60 in the first round (Heat 7). 

Pearce, a NEC Hall of Famer who led Monmouth to conference titles in 1995 and 1996, enjoyed a legendary 19-year career with the US Women’s Soccer National Team. She ranks third all-time in career appearances (311) and played in four straight Olympics. 

Former USWNT Captain Christie Pearce (PHOTO: USSoccer.com)

Following a silver at the 2000 Sydney Games, Pearce and her mates collected three consecutive gold medals (2004 Athens, 2008 Beijing, 2012 London). 

 

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