U.S. track and field team named for 2015 Parapan American Games

By Brianna Tammaro | July 06, 2015, 5:15 p.m. (ET)
Blake Leeper (L) and Jarryd Wallace (C) pose on the medal stand after winning silver and gold, respectively, in the men's T44 100 meters at the 2011 Parapan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico on November 14.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. –  U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today the 60 U.S. track and field athletes and four guides for visually-impaired athletes competing at the 2015 Parapan American Games in Toronto this August.
 
Forty-four men and 20 women will run, sprint, throw and jump for Team USA at the multi-sport Games, Aug. 10-14 at the CIBC Pan Am/Parapan Am Athletics Stadium. The event will serve as the largest international competition before the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar in October.
 
Representing the red, white and blue are 30 Paralympians, including Richard Browne (Jackson, Mississippi), Keri Morgan (St. Louis, Missouri), Jeremy Campbell (Perryton, Texas), Hannah McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland) and Lex Gillette (Raleigh, North Carolina). More than half of the Parapan Am team competed at the 2013 IPC Athletics World Championships with 32 U.S. athletes on the roster in Lyon, France. The 2013 world championships marked Team USA’s most successful track and field performance to date since the creation of U.S. Paralympics in 2001. The U.S. took home 52 medals in France—17 gold, 18 silver and 17 bronze—in the nine days of competition to finish just one medal short of winning the overall medal count.
 
“This is one of the most competitive groups we’ve sent to Parapan Ams,” Cathy Sellers, high performance director of U.S. Paralympics Track and Field said. “We’re excited to bring a lot of younger athletes who we think will show well in Toronto and get the experience they need ahead of Rio. They’ll learn from our veterans but also push them, which will only make our team better.”
 
The fifth edition of the Games will feature a total of 145 track and field events—86 men’s and 59 women’s—at the Parapan Am Athletics Stadium, including a total of 54 field events. Competition begins Monday, Aug. 10 at 3 p.m. EST with 42 semifinal and final events.  A schedule of events can be found on the event website, Toronto2015.org.
 
The Parapan Am Games and will feature 1,608 athletes from 28 countries competing in 15 sports with the last Games taking place in 2011 in Guadalajara, Mexico. The U.S. track and field team contributed 56 medals to Team USA’s overall medal count in Mexico with 25 gold, 15 silver and 16 bronze medals won. Team USA finished second in the overall count behind Brazil with a total of 132 medals over eight days.  

U.S. Roster for 2015 Parapan American Games

*Denotes U.S. Paralympians 

Name Hometown   Classification   
Men    
David Blair
Eagle Mountain, Utah
F44
Michael Brannigan
Northport, N.Y.
T20 
Mark Braun
Mounds View, Minn.
T54
Jack Briggs  Fort Collins, Colo.
T46
*David Brown
Moncks Corner, S.C.
T11
 *Jerome Avery Lamoore, Calif. Guide Runner 
*Richard Browne
Jackson, Miss.
T44
*Jeremy Campbell
Perryton, Texas
T44
*Tobi Fawehinmi
Arlington, Texas
T46
*Rudy Garcia-Tolson  Bloomington, Calif.
T42
Samuel Grewe
Middlebury, Ind.
T42
*Lex Gillette
Raleigh, N.C.
T11
 *Wes Williams Visalia, Calif.  Guide Runner 
Tyson Gunter
McCammon, Idaho
T13
Austin Handley
Madison, Mo.
T38
*Erik Hightower
Phoenix, Ariz.
T54
Gianfranco Iannotta
Garfield, N.J.
T52
Desmond Jackson
Durham, N.C.
T42
*Josiah Jamison
Vance, S.C.
T12
 *Rolland Slade San Diego, Calif. Guide Runner
Ayden Jent
Indianapolis, Ind.
T35
Spencer Kimbro
Moses Lake, Wash.
T53
*Blake Leeper
Church Hill, Tenn.
T43
*Ray Martin
Jersey City, N.J.
T52 
*Michael Murray
Nashville, Tenn. T20
*Paul Nitz
Minnetrista, Minn.
T52
*Markeith Price
Baltimore, Md.
T13
*David Prince
Venice, Fla.
T44
*Austin Pruitt
Spokane, Wash.
T34
Isaiah Rigo
Cheney, Wash.
T52
*Josh Roberts
Morris, Ala.
T52
Daniel Romanchuk
Mount Airy, Md.
T54
James Senbata
Philadelphia, Pa.
T54 
*Jeff Skiba
San Diego, Calif.
T44
Arturo Torres
Tucson, Ariz.
T53
Roderick Townsend
Stockton, Calif.
T46
*Steven Toyoji
Campbell, Calif.
T52
*Shaquille Vance
Houston, Miss.
T42
*Jarryd Wallace
Athens, Ga.
T44 
Ahkeel Whitehead
San Diego, Calif.
T37
Michael Wishnia
Livingston, N.J.
F57
Hunter Woodhall
Syracuse, Utah
T44
Regas Woods
Ocala, Fla.
T42
     

Women

 

 

Megan Absten

Burlington, Wash.

T46

Suzanne Arenal

Los Angeles, Calif.

T35

Natalie Bieule

Miramar, Fla.

F44

Kimberly Crosby

Yuba City, Calif.

T13

Alexa Halko

Edmond, Okla.

T34

Aubrey Headon

Rochelle, Ill.

T35

Kelsey Lefevour

Chicago, Ill.

T54

*Angela Madsen

Long Beach, Calif.

F56

*Cheri Madsen

Nebraska City, Nebr.

T54

*Chelsea McClammer 

Richland, Wash.

T53

*Hannah McFadden

Clarksville, Md. 

T54

*Cassie Mitchell

Warner, Okla.

F51

*Kerri Morgan

St. Louis, Mo.

T52

Jill Moore

Charlotte, N.C.

T53

Rachel Morrison

Farmington Hills, Mich.

F51

Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt

New York City, N.Y.

T11

 TBA

 

Guide Runner 

*Shirley Reilly

Tucson, Ariz.

T53

Allysa Seely

Glendale, Ariz.

T36

Amy Watt

Palo Alto, Calif.

T46

Jasmine Rowe

Douglassville, Tenn.

T46