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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LIU Brooklyn alumnus Brendon Rodney (PHOTO: CBC Sports)
LIU Brooklyn alumnus Brendon Rodney (PHOTO: CBC Sports)

 

Fewer than three months removed from his third consecutive NEC Outdoor MVP award, Brendon Rodney was wearing his LIU uniform one lane over from Usain Bolt.

The two were warming up for the Olympic Games later this summer in Rio.

After running sub-20 to win the Canadian 200m title, Rodney competed against eight other world-class sprinters at the IAAF Diamond League Muller Anniversary Games in London.

Bolt won the race in 19.89 with Rodney finishing in sixth.

The three-time NEC Outdoor MVP clocked in at 20.37 and tweeted out the following message, “Today was a great test against an amazing field thankful for the experience now time to get ready for Rio @TeamCanada.”

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Later that evening, the grateful NEC record holder added to his Twitter timeline by tweeting, “Good or bad u still gotta learn and today was a learning experience.”

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