U.S. Paralympians take the track at Drake Relays

April 21, 2015, 6:03 p.m. (ET)
The Drake Relays are celebrating their 106th year of competition. While many of the events have been hosted since the event’s inception, one event will be making its Drake debut – the men’s Paralympic 200-meter race.

In 2012, the Drake Relays contested an 800 wheelchair race, but this year’s event marks the first time that a Paralympic ambulatory class will compete on the blue oval.

Where to watch: Universal Sports and USATF.TV, 8-9:30 ET  

Meet the athletes:  

David Brown and guide Jerome Avery
St. Louis, Missouri and Lamoore, California  |  Classificaiton: T11

Brown and Avery started working together as “Team Bravery” in 2014 and set the world record in the T11 100 and 200. Brown owns two silver medals from the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in the 400 and 4x100.

Richard Browne
Jackson, Mississippi  |  Classification: T44

Browne is the current world record holder in the T44 100 and 200. With silver in the 100 at the London 2012 Paralympic Games and the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships, Browne is sure to be on the hunt for gold.  

Paul Peterson III
Charlotte, North Carolina  |  Classification: T44

Peterson is a Paralympic hopeful who has been competing at the national level for several years. Peterson made his international championships debut with a sixth place finish in the long jump at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships.

Jerome Singleton
Greenwood, South Carolina  |  Classification: T44

Singleton is the most decorated Paralympian of the field, with two Paralympic medals and six world championship medals. Singleton most recently finished third at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships in the T44 100 and 200.

Jarryd Wallace
Athens, Georgia  |  Classification: T44

Wallace is the reigning world champion in the T44 200, and as the former world record holder in the event, competition is sure to be fierce between Wallace and Browne.