Raymond Martin, pictured at the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, now owns world records in the men's T52 200, 400 and 1500-meter distances.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Raymond Martin led the way for a record-breaking night at the Fast Cow Invitational with two world record performances at the Michael A. Carroll Stadium at IUPUI in Indianapolis, Indiana, on Thursday night.
Martin (Jersey City, New Jersey) won the 1500-meter in a time of 3:34.40 to knock a second and a half off of the men’s T52 1500-meter world record that was previously set by Santiago Sanz of Spain in 2007. In the men’s 400, Martin improved the world record by nearly four-tenths of a second as he crossed the line in 56.89 to better the previous record set by Tomoyo Ito of Japan in 2008.
In the men’s T34 5,000, Austin Pruitt (Chula Vista, California) broke a world record that had been in the books since he was 4 years old. Pruitt won the event in 12:21.64 to slash more than 12 seconds off of the previous record that was set by Kazuya Maeba of Japan in 1998.
The women’s T53 5,000 saw a scorching pace as three women bettered the previous American record. Chelsea McClammer (Champaign, Illinois) won in 11:24.60 to lower the record by more than five seconds, with Amanda McGrory and Susannah Scaroni, both of Champaign, Illinois, also dipping under the previous record of 11:29.95.
After narrowly missing out on the T54 5,000 American record by less than a second at last week’s U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland) was victorious in adding another record to her name as she won in 11:23.88.
Two days shy of her 14th birthday, Alexa Halko (Edmond, Oklahoma) set two American and one Pan American record in the women’s T34 class. In the 100, Halko improved a record set long before she was born, as she crossed the line in 19.95 to improve the previous American record of 20.02 set by Linda Mastandrea in 1996. In the 400, Halko broke her own American and Pan American records with a new time of 1:06.48.
The Fast Cow Invitational is named for an actual cow that used to race alongside the road while the University of Illinois wheelchair racers were training. The Indy International portion of the meet will be held on Saturday, June 28, with prelims in the morning and finals starting at 6:00 p.m. ET. For a full meet schedule and more information, visit Indiana.usatf.org