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Tuesday, October 21, 2008

GILL ENSHRINED IN STONY BROOK ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME


Former Track Star Honored Prior to Homecoming Football Game

Stony Brook, N.Y. - Former Stony Brook University track and field standout Roger Gill ('95) was honored on Saturday by the Stony Brook University Department of Athletics when it was announced that he would be enshrined in the Rita and Kurt Eppenstein Athletics Hall of Fame. Gill's wife Annette ('96), and their six children, were presented a plaque by University President Dr. Shirley Strum Kenny and Director of Athletics Jim Fiore commemorating the honor at a ceremony held prior to Stony Brook's homecoming football game on Saturday. Formal induction ceremonies for Gill's enshrinement in the Hall of Fame are scheduled for the Fall of 2011. Gill, Stony Brook's first freshman all-American, was killed in an auto accident on March 2 in Brooklyn along with Stony Brook alumnus, Warren Davies ('97).
"Roger Gill was a phenomenal representative of Stony Brook University as a student and an athlete and his induction into the Rita and Kurt Eppenstein Athletics Hall of Fame is a befitting tribute to his legacy", said Fiore. "Although Roger's time with us was far too short, it was our honor to recognize his achievements during Homecoming with his wife Annette and their children. Roger's presence was significant while at Stony Brook and there is no doubt that his impact will be felt at our University for generations to come."
Gill, a native of Guyana, was a standout sprinter for Stony Brook in the early 90s. He still holds the school outdoor records in the 100- and 200-meters as well as holding the indoor marks at 200- and 400-meters. Gill is also listed in the Stony Brook record books as a member of five record-holding relay teams. Gill was Stony Brook's first freshman All-American, earning All-America honors six times during his career. He was also twice selected the Stony Brook Athlete of the Year, was a two-time ECAC MVP, Stony Brook's Senior Athlete of the Year, and a member of a Milrose Games first-place 4x400-meter relay team.
After competing for Stony Brook he went on to represent Guyana in the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, running as a member of that country's 4x400-meter relay team. Gill's name is still in the record books as a member of the Guyanan team that holds that country's record in the 4x400-meter relay. He also won a bronze medal at the Central American and Caribbean Games in the 4x400.
Gill was a four-time all-state high school track athlete that became an integral part of the success of Stony Brook track & field in the early 90s, helping his team capture the ECAC track championships in 1991. He was recently honored by the ECAC when the conference honored him with its first Commissioner's Award for meritorious service to the ECAC or an ECAC member institution. Gill graduated from Stony Brook in 1995 with a B.A. in human resource management and took graduate classes at Stony Brook.