2015 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Team named

By Mary Kate Lau | Jan. 16, 2015, 12:56 p.m. (ET)


Ray Martin is the first man to win five events at the IPC Athletics World Championship

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today that 42 athletes, including 10 reigning world champions, have been named to the 2015 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field National Team. 

“This is going to be a very exciting year for our national team athletes,” said Cathy Sellers, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics track &field. “Last year was all about growth for both our new athletes and our veterans, but with the world championships this year, we are focused on getting our athletes on the podium and preparing for Rio.”

The first woman to win six events at a world championship, Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland), and the first man to win five, Raymond Martin (Jersey City, New Jersey),  headline the roster. Martin bested his own T52 200-meter world record at the 2014 Desert Challenge Games in Mesa, Arizona as well as taking gold in the 100, 800 and 1500-meter events at the same meet. McFadden won her second-straight marathon grand slam, winning the 2014 London, Boston, Chicago and New York Marathons.

The 2015 roster includes seven other reigning world champions: Jeremy Campbell (Perryton, Texas), men's discus F44; Joshua George (Herndon, Virginia), men's 800m T53; Lex Gillette (Raleigh, North Carolina), men's long jump T11; Cassie Mitchell (Atlanta, Georgia), women's shot put F52/53; and Jarryd Wallace (Athens, Georgia), men's 200m T44. Richard Browne (Jackson, Mississippi), Jerome Singleton (Irmo, South Carolina.) and Wallace won gold in the men's 4x100m relay T42-46.

Even though 2014 wasn’t a world championship year, Team USA still racked up some outstanding victories. Newcomer Natalie Bieule (Miramar, Florida) broke her own American record in the women’s F40-44 discus at the national championships. At the Desert Challenge Games, Gillette matched his own world record in the men’s long jump T11. David Brown (St. Louis, Missouri) broke his own world record in the 200m T11.

The 2015 season is highlighted by the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar, Oct. 21-31. The 2015 IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships will be held separately as part of the London Marathon on April 26.

Additional athletes may be added to the team roster throughout the season.

2015 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field National Team

Name Hometown Classification
Women
Natalie Bieule
Kym Crosby
Alexa Halko
April Holmes
Chelsea McClammer
Hannah McFadden
Tatyana McFadden
Amanda McGrory
Cassie Mitchell
Kerry Morgan
Rachel Morrison
Grace Norman
Shirley Reilly
Susannah Scaroni
Stephanie Timmer

Men
Jerome Avery
David Brown
Richard Browne
Jeremy Campbell
AJ Digby
Tobi Fawehinmi
Joshua George
Elexis Gillette
JaQuvis Hart
Erik Hightower
Gianfranco Iannotta
Hurie Johnson
Ray Martin
Trenton Merrill
David Prince
Austin Pruitt
Scot Severn
Brian Siemann
Jerome Singleton Jr.
Jeffrey Skiba
Rolland Slade
Scott Stokes
Steven Toyoji
Jarryd Wallace
Wes Williams
Hunter Woodhall
Regas Woods

Miramar, Fla.
Yuba City, Calif.
Edmond, Okla.
Kissimmee, Fla.
Benton City, Wash.
Clarksville, Md.
Clarksville, Md.
Kennett Square, Pa.
Atlanta, Ga.
St. Louis, Mo.
Farmington Hills, Mich.
Jamestown, Ohio
Tucson, Ariz.
Urbana, Ill.
Naperville, Ill.


Lemoore, Calif.
St. Louis, Mo.
Jackson, Miss.
Perryton, Texas
Bowling Green, Ohio
Arlington, Texas
Herndon, Va.
Raleigh, N.C.
Bossier City, La.
Glendale, Ariz.
Garfield, N.J.
Detroit, Mich.
Jersey City, N.J.
San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Sarasota, Fla.
Spokane, Wash.
Caro, Mich.
Millstone, N.J.
Irmo, S.C.
Sammamish, Wash.
San Diego, Calif.
Roswell, Ga.
Campbell, Calif.
Athens, Ga
Visalia, Calif.
Syracuse, Utah
Ocala, Fla.
 
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T13
T34
T44
T53
T54
T54
T53
T52/F52
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F51
T44
T53
T54
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F44
T43/F43
T46/F46
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T11/F11
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T54
T52
F44
T52
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T44
T34
F53
T53
T44
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T52
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