U.S. Athletes Earn National Titles In Los Angeles

By Brianna Tammaro | June 03, 2017, 10:44 a.m. (ET)
Paralympian Nick Slade competes in the men's T20/45/46/47 triple jump at the 2017 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships in Los Angeles on June 2.

  • Mikey Brannigan, Jarryd Wallace, Chelsea McClammer and more win national championships at UCLA.
  • Paralympic newcomer Isaac Jean-Paul breaks 14-year-old high jump world record in nationals debut.
LOS ANGELES - Over 35 athletes were crowned as national champions Friday evening on the campus of UCLA at the 2017 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships.
 
In the first championship since the Paralympic Games Rio 2016, stars in Rio shined also in LA. Deja Young (Mesquite, Texas)David Brown (St. Louis, Missouri) with guide Jerome Avery (Lemoore, California) took home national titles in the men’s and women’s 200-meters while Alexa Halko (Williamsburg, Virginia) and Mikey Brannigan (East Northport, New York) captured wins in the men’s and women’s 800 for their respective classes.
 
Nick Rogers (Bingham, Maine) made strides from his seventh place finish at the 2015 championships, overtaking his fellow U.S. Paralympic teammate Hunter Woodhall (Syracuse, Utah) in the men’s T43 200-meters with a time of 21.40. In the men’s T44 race, Jarryd Wallace (Athens, Georgia) retook his title in the event, running away with the win in 22.92.
 
Just a few days after breaking three world records at the Daniel Jutzeler Memorial meet in Arbon, Switzerland, Chelsea McClammer (Richland, Washington) took the top spot in the women’s T52/53 800, edging out Shirley Reilly (Los Gatos, California) with a time of 1:52.97.
 
Newcomer Isaac Jean-Paul (Grayslake, Illinois) had an impressive national championships debut, smashing a 14-year-old world record T13 in the high jump by seven centimeters when he jumped 2.10m.
 
Athletes from across the country are gathering at UCLA from June 2-4 to compete for titles and spots on the U.S. roster for the World Para Athletics Championships and junior world championships later this summer.
 
QUOTES
Deja Young
“After my car accident in November, I’ve been so upset and worried about not being competitive anymore. Knowing that I have a great team behind me, it’s pushed me so hard to be competitive. I’m excited for London and I know that I have so much more ahead and I can wait to show everyone what I’ve got.”
 
Jarryd Wallace
“It’s amazing to see the sport growing and to see so many young competitors at nationals. I love this sport and the opportunity it brings and I hope to keep going as long as I can.”
 
Isaac Jean-Paul
“I came into the meet just wanting to clear the bar because I’ve struggled in my last few races. Clearing the first bar gave me confidence and then the bars after that were just extra. It was great; great opportunity; great place to compete; great people to compete in front of and overall a great event.
 
RESULTS
Competition will resume Saturday with 100, 400, 5,000 races and field events. For full results from the 2017 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, visit FinishedResults.com.