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Brockport TF Golden Eagle Brunch
Sun, May 7, 2017, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM EDT
Brockport Track and Field would like to invite you to the 2017 Golden Eagle Brunch end of the year awards ceremony and celebration in Cooper Hall's New York and Presidential Room. We invite all student-athletes, alumni, parents, and fans to join us for a night of good food, speakers, and recognition of both alumni and student-athletes for their contribution to Brockport Cross Country, Track and Field.
Please wear your Sunday best and enjoy a delicious meal with the Brockport Track and Field Family. Alumni, Parents, and Supporters are welcome for a happy hour after the event at Stoneyard Brewing Company.
*We are excited to welcome our special guest speaker, and former Brockport Head Coach (1976-1980), Director of the Combined Events at the 3 U.S. Olympica Trials (1972-1980) and 6 NCAA Championships, Bill Freeman Ph.D.
We hope to see you there!
Coach Bill Freeman:
William H. Freeman was head coach at Brockport from 1976-1980. In those years his athletes won a SUNYAC title (cross country) and qualified 22 men to NCAAs, with 4 All-American awards. Three of his athletes went on to qualify to the U.S. Olympic Trials, 2 in the marathon and 1 in the steeplechase. He also coached the first women’s cross country, indoor and outdoor track teams at Brockport (1978-1980) before women’s sports were in the NCAA.
He has undergraduate degrees in history and English (Wake Forest) and a PhD in physical education from the University of Oregon, where he worked with Bill Bowerman, with whom he wrote a track textbook. After Brockport he worked primarily with post-collegiate athletes, about two dozen of whom qualified for the Olympic Trials at all distances from 800m to the marathon. He wrote a book on distance training with Bill Dellinger, best known as Alberto Salazar’s coach. He also wrote books on periodization in track (Peak When It Counts) and an introductory text for exercise science, now in its 8th edition.
Two of his post-collegiate runners who moved to N.C. to train with his were Neil Moore of Rochester (1:58), an ex-Fredonia All-American who ran 1:46.9 and 3:43 in 1984, and Bernie Prabuckie of Buffalo (4:36, 9:47), another ex-Fredonia All-American who ran 3:47.6, 4:05.7, 8:47 2-mile, 13:46.62 & 28:47 in 1985. There are many upstate athletes who were good but not great in high school but who have the potential to rise to the national level if they are willing to put in the time (and the years) to get there. Neil and Bernie are just two examples.
Two from Brockport are Rich Saxton and John Underwood, both of whom ran about 4:30 for the mile in high school. Both are SUNYAC cross country Hall-of-Famers. John still holds the school record in the steeple at 9:00.4, several years later running 8:40.5, which put him in the top 20 in the U.S. Rich has the distinction of running a marathon in 2:19:24 on 50 miles a week of training (more than that resulted in injuries).