2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Team roster named

By U.S. Paralympics | Jan. 14, 2013, 4 p.m. (ET)

Shirley Reilly, a three-time U.S. Paralympian, returns to the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Team following her gold medal in the women's marathon (T53/54) at the London 2012 Paralympic Games. 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today that 33 athletes, including four gold medalists from the London 2012 Paralympic Games, have been named to the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Team.

"It will be another exciting year for Paralympic track and field," said Cathy Sellers, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics track and field. "Last year, we had a large number of young athletes in their first Paralympic Games and a large number of finalists.  We hope to be able to convert those finalists to medalists this summer at the world championships."   

Athletes were nominated to the National Team on Jan. 1 and will retain their National Team status through Dec. 31, 2013, if they compete at the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships in June. Additional athletes may also be added to the roster throughout the year.

More than 20 Team USA athletes held a Top 10 spot in the 2012 world rankings, marking a significantly successful year overall for the United States. At the Paralympic Games, 18 athletes won a combined 28 medals, including nine gold medals between four athletes. Six athletes earned silver medals in London and 12 also won bronze medals.

Jeremy Campbell (Perryton, Texas), Raymond Martin (Jersey City, N.J.), Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) and Shirley Reilly (Tucson, Ariz.) all return to the National Team after winning individual gold medals in London. Martin, named the 2012 Paralympic SportsMan of the Year by the USOC, led the way for Team USA with four gold medals while McFadden earned three.

"We should have some exciting races in the men's 100 and 200 meters for the 43 and 44 classes as the classes will be split for the first time in Paralympic history," Sellers said. "We look to be very competitive with Blake Leeper in the 43 and Richard Browne, Jerome Singleton and a healthy David Prince in the 44 class."

The U.S. also aims to build depth in the visually impaired and cerebral palsy classes in 2013.

The 2013 track and field season starts April 13 in Pomona, Calif. with the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational while the season-ending International Paralympic Committee Athletics World Championships are slated for July 16-29 in Lyon, France. 

Other events include the Mt. SAC Relays, April 18-20 in Walnut, Calif., Kansas Relays, April 17-20 in Lawrence, Kan., Fast Cow competition on May 2 in Indianapolis, Ind., the Desert Challenge Games, May 17-19 in Mesa, Ariz., and the Swiss Series from May 25-June 2 in Pratteln, Nottwil and Oensingin, Switzerland.

Roster for the 2013 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Team

Name Hometown Class
Jordan Bird Wichita, Ks. T54
Jim Bob Bizzell Odessa, Texas T44
David Brown St. Louis, Mo. T11/F11
Rolland Slade San Diego, Calif. Guide
Richard Browne Jackson, Miss. T44
Jeremy Campbell Perryton, Texas F44
Zena Cole Oregon, Ohio F51
Jessica Galli Hillsborough, N.J. T53
Joshua George Fairfax, Va. T53
Elexis Gillette Raleigh, N.C. T11/F11
Wes Williams Visalia, Calif. Guide
April Holmes Kissimmee, Fla. T44
Josiah Jamison Vance, S.C. T12
Jerome Avery Lemoore, Calif. Guide
Blake Leeper Church Hill, Tenn. T43
Angela Madsen Long Beach, Calif. F56
Raymond Martin Jersey City, N.J. T52
Tatyana McFadden Clarksville, Md. T54
Amanda McGrory Kennett Square, Pa. T53
Cassie Mitchell Warner, Okla. T52/F52
Kerri Morgan St. Louis, Mo. T52
Paul Nitz Edina, Minn. T52
Markeith Price Baltimore, Md. T13/F13
David Prince Marietta, Ga. T44
Austin Pruitt Spokane, Wash. T34
Shirley Reilly Tucson, Ariz. T53
Joshua Roberts Morris, Ala. T52
Scot Severn Caro, Mich. F53
Brian Siemann Millstone, N.J. T53
Jerome Singleton Jr. Irmo, S.C. T44
Jeffrey Skiba Sammamish, Wash. F44
Shaquille Vance Houston, Miss. T42/F42
Jarryd Wallace Athens, Ga. T44

For more information, please contact Jamie Blanchard, U.S. Paralympics, at 719-866-2068 or jamie.blanchard@usoc.org.