Roberta was a late starter in her sport and did not begin running track until her senior year in high school. She went on to run for Morgan State University in Baltimore, where she and her team members broke all the school records in the 400 meters and the relays. In 1985, Roberta was inducted into Morgan State’s Athletic Hall of Fame. She graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and loves teaching children new things to learn.
Roberta was a member of the 1980 and 1984 U.S. Olympic Track and Field teams. In 1980, the U.S. boycotted the Olympic Games so Roberta and her fellow Olympians had other arrangements (two weeks at the White House with President Jimmy Carter). In 1983, Roberta moved to Los Angeles to train in warmer weather. That year, she became a member of the first World Championship Team and also competed on other international teams around the world. In the 1984 Olympics, Roberta was a member of the 4×400 meter relay team.
Because of her Olympian experience, she makes presentations on “running relays and setting goals.” She is still involved with her sport, coaches occasionally, and keeps in touch with her international colleagues.