2014 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Team named
|Raymond Martin was named the 2013 Paralympic SportsMan of the Year and is one of 10 reigning world champions on the 2014 national team|
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today that 43 athletes, including 10 reigning world champions, have been named to the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Team.
“The 2014 national team is one of the strongest and most diverse teams that we have named,” said Cathy Sellers, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics track & field. “Each and every one of these athletes has the potential to medal in Rio. Across the board, this is a young group of athletes as compared to their competitors, and the future looks bright for Paralympic track & field.”
Team USA is coming off a banner year in 2013 that saw the U.S. win 52 medals (17 gold, 18 silver, 17 bronze) at the International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships. Team USA was only one medal short of winning the medal count, and was markedly improved from the previous high of 34 medals at the 2011 championships.
Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) and Raymond Martin (Jersey City, N.J.) headline the roster after sweeping their events at the 2103 world championships. The duo made history as Martin became the first man to win five events (100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 meters T52) in a single championship, while McFadden became the first woman to win six events (100,200, 400, 800, 50000 meters T54) in a single championship. McFadden also excelled on the roads as she completed the grand slam of wheelchair racing winning the Boston, London, Chicago and New York Marathons.
Other team members who won world titles in 2013 include: Jeremy Campbell (Perryton, Texas), men's discus F44; George, men's 800m T53; Elexis Gillette (Raleigh, N.C.), men's long jump F11; Cassie Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga.), women's shot put F52/53; and Jarryd Wallace (Athens, Ga.), men's 200m T44. Richard Browne (Jackson, Miss.), Blake Leeper (Kingsport, Tenn.), Jerome Singleton (Irmo, S.C.) and Wallace also won gold in the men's 4x100m relay T42-46.
The national team also boasts the recipients of two of the USOC’s most prestigious awards given in 2013. Martin was named the Paralympic SportsMan of the Year for the second consecutive year, and the men’s 4x100-meter T42-46 team of Browne, Leeper, Singleton and Wallace was named the Paralympic Team of the Year.
Team USA begins the 2014 season April 17-19 at the Mt. SAC Relays in Walnut, Calif.
Additional athletes may be added to the team roster throughout the season.
2014 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Team
|Jerome Avery||Lemoore, Calif.||Guide|
|David Brown||St. Louis, Mo.||T11/F11|
|Richard Browne||Jackson, Miss.||T44|
|Kate Callahan||San Antonio, Texas||F57|
|Jeremy Campbell||Perryton, Texas||F44|
|Zena Cole||Oregon, Ohio||F51|
|Tobi Fawehinmi||Arlington, Texas||T46/F46|
|Rudy Garcia-Tolson||Bloomington, Calif.||T42/F42|
|Joshua George||Herndon, Va.||T53|
|Elexis Gillette||Raleigh, N.C.||T11/F11|
|Tyson Gunter||Pocatello, Idaho||F13|
|Erik Hightower||Glendale, Ariz.||T54|
|April Holmes||Kissimmee, Fla.||T44|
|Gianfranco Iannotta||Garfield, N.J.||T52|
|Josiah Jamison||Vance, S.C.||T12|
|Joshua Kennison||South Paris, Maine||T/F43|
|Blake Leeper||Kingsport, Tenn.||T43|
|Cheri Madsen||Union, Neb.||T54|
|Ray Martin||Jersey City, N.J.||T52|
|Centra Mazyck||Columbia , S.C.||F57|
|Chelsea McClammer||Benton City, Wash.||T53|
|Hannah McFadden||Clarksville, Md.||T54|
|Tatyana McFadden||Clarksville, Md.||T54|
|Amanda McGrory||Kennett Square, Pa.||T53|
|Cassie Mitchell||Atlanta, Ga.||T52/F52|
|Kerry Morgan||St. Louis, Mo.||T52|
|Dennis Ogbe||Prospect, Ky.||F58|
|Markeith Price||Baltimore, Md.||T13/F13|
|David Prince||Sarasota, Fla.||T44|
|Austin Pruitt||Spokane, Wash.||T34|
|Shirley Reilly||Tucson, Ariz.||T53|
|Scot Severn||Caro, Mich.||F53|
|Brian Siemann||Millstone, N.J.||T53|
|Jerome Singleton, Jr.||Irmo, S.C.||T44|
|Jeffrey Skiba||Sammamish, Wash.||F44|
|Rolland Slade||San Diego, Calif.||Guide|
|Scott Stokes||Roswell, Ga.||T/F51|
|Casey Tibbs||San Antonio, Texas||T44/F44|
|Steven Toyoji||Campbell, Calif.||T52|
|Shaquille Vance||Houston, Miss.||T42/F42|
|Jarryd Wallace||Athens, Ga.||T44|
|Wes Williams||Visalia, Calif.||Guide|
|Scott Winkler||Pittsburgh, Pa.||F55|