2014 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships awarded to College of San Mateo
|2013 IPC Athletics World Champions Jarryd Wallace, Blake Leeper, Richard Browne and Jerome Singleton are among the athletes who are expected to compete in San Mateo.|
The three-day event is expected to draw more than 150 of the top Paralympic athletes from the U.S. and will mark the first time the competition will be held in California.
“I think we’re going to see a lot of great performances from our athletes, and it is going to be three great days of competition,” said Cathy Sellers, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics track & field. “San Mateo has a wonderful facility, but what is really incredible is the amount of support we have in San Mateo. The local organizing committee, USATF’s Pacific Association and many others are working diligently on the ground to ensure that our athletes have a first-rate event.”
The U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Team will be looking to build upon its success from the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships where they won 52 medals: 17 gold, 18 silver and 17 bronze. While there is not a world championship event in 2014, athletes already have their sights on the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Athletes expected to headline the competition include Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) and Raymond Martin (Jersey City, N.J.). McFadden is a 10-time Paralympic medalist in track & field and will be competing in her first national championships after winning silver at the Sochi 2014 Paralympic Winter Games in cross-country skiing. Just as McFadden swept all six of her events at the 2013 world championships, Martin became the first man to win five events as he swept all five races he competed in from the 100-meter up to the 1500-meter in the men’s T52 class.
Other reigning world champions expected to compete include: Jeremy Campbell (Perryton, Texas), Lex Gillette (Raleigh, N.C), Cassie Mitchell (Atlanta, Ga.), Jarryd Wallace (Athens, Ga.), Richard Browne (Jackson, Miss.), Blake Leeper (Kingsport, Tenn.) and Jerome Singleton (Irmo, S.C.).
“We are excited to co-host this event with the USOC,” said Dave Shrock, president of USA Track & Field’s Pacific Association. “We are honored to bring the first U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships to the West Coast. These athletes have the drive, toughness and determination to excel, and we look forward to providing them with the best possible competitive opportunities.”
“We are so very pleased to host the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships at College of San Mateo” said College President Michael Claire.
Ron Galatolo, Community College District Chancellor, echoed the President’s response and said, “We are proud to host the 2014 Championships at one of our district colleges.”
The championships are being hosted in cooperation with USA Track & Field Pacific Association, the College of San Mateo and the San Mateo County Silicon Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau.
For more information on the 2014 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, visit USParalympics.org. Registration and detailed event information will be available in the coming days.