Rosalyn began her running career to escape the drugs, gangs and violence that she was exposed to in her Chicago neighborhood.
She knew she was fast when she challenged the boys on her block to a race and beat them all. Rosalyn was offered many scholarships, but she decided to head to California because she knew she would get the best coaching and competition there.
Clark made the 1976 Olympic Team, where she won a silver medal in the 1600 meter relay team and held the American record in the 400 meter dash for 8 years. Rosalyn is the only woman to win the 100 meters, 200 meters, and 400 meters dashes in the NCAA Championships. She also won the gold medal at the World University Games in 1977 and held five indoor world records at one time.
Rosalyn was inducted into the Hall of Fame at California State University, Los Angeles in 1985. Rosalyn is now a Los Angeles police officer and a physical fitness/self defense instructor at the Police Academy.
Rosalyn holds a Masters degree in Recreation/Physical Education and she says that her biggest accomplishments are her family — her husband Gary, daughter Breanna and son Rashard.
Ros now trains and coaches her daughter to run track, and Breanna won a gold medal in the 400m race at the 2016 Rio Paralympics.