"Roger Gill was a phenomenal representative of Stony Brook University as a student and an athlete and his recognition as a recipient of the ECAC Commissioner's Award is a befitting tribute to his legacy", said Stony Brook University Director of Athletics Jim Fiore. "Although Roger's time with us was far too short, his 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."
Presented for the first time this year, the ECAC Commissioner's Award is presented for meritorious service to the ECAC or an ECAC member institution. The recipient must have demonstrated significant accomplishment in his or her chosen professional field or on the athletic field.
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. Gill graduated from Stony Brook in 1995 with a B.A. in human resource management and took graduate classes at Stony Brook.
Gill, 35, was killed in an auto accident on March 2 in Brooklyn along with another Stony Brook alumnus, Warren Davies ('97). Gill is survived by his wife, Annette ('96) and their six children.