Norman and Pruitt break distance world records in Indianapolis

By Brianna Tammaro | June 28, 2015, 12:44 a.m. (ET)
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – It was a record-setting weekend in Indianapolis as Grace Norman and Austin Pruitt highlighted the Indy International and Fast Cow Invitational, held June 27-28, with world records broken in the 800-meter, 1500 and 5000.
Norman (Jamestown, Ohio) shined both days at the Michael A. Carroll Stadium at IUPUI, beginning with breaking the 10-year-old women’s T44 800 record at Saturday’s Indy International with a time of 2:28.87. She slashed an impressive 10 seconds off the previous mark set by France’s Marie-Amelie Le Fur in 2005.
At Sunday’s Fast Cow Invitational, Norman continued her streak in the women’s T44 class, blazing through the 1500 to finish in 4:58.68. In addition to breaking records, she captured a win in the T44 400 to build off of her national title in the event last weekend at the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championships in St.Paul, Minneapolis. The 17-year-old is a national team member for track and field and also competes in paratriathlon.
Pruitt (Chula Vista, California) led the way for the men’s side in the T34/53/54 5000, improving upon his own record set at last year’s Fast Cow race. The 2012 Paralympian smashed his time by nearly 27 seconds to cross the finish line with a time of 11:45.87. He also took away a win in the T34 800, placed third in the T33/34 400 and fourth in the T33/34 100.
Numerous regional records for the Americas were set at the meet duo: Hannah McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland), Chelsea McClammer (Benton City, Washington), Amanda McGrory (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania), Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland) in the women’s T54 4x400; Erik Hightower (Chula Vista, California) in the men’s T54 100; and Ray Martin (Champaign, Illinois) in the men’s T52 800.
Full results from this weekend’s Indy International and Fast Cow Invitational can be found at Half-Mile Timing