Rio Rematches Highlights Second Day At U.S. Nationals

By Brianna Tammaro | June 04, 2017, 1:26 a.m. (ET)
Jarryd Wallace, seen competing on Friday, won his second national title on Saturday at the 2017 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships in the men's T43/44 100-meters on Saturday in Los Angeles, California.

  • Cassie Mitchell, Ray Martin, David Blair win titles at 2017 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships on Saturday.

  • Competition concludes tomorrow at UCLA with field events, 400 and 1500-meter races

 

LOS ANGELES - The second day of action at UCLA featured several renewed rivalries from the Paralympic Games Rio 2016 on the national championship stage.

 

It was another Mitchell-Morrison duel in the women’s F51/52 discus throw with Cassie Mitchell (Warner, Oklahoma) coming out victorious for the second time this weekend. Her first throw of 12.27-meters carried her through the event to another national title after winning yesterday’s club throw over Rachael Morrison (Farmington Hills, Michigan).

 

Gianfranco Iannotta (Garfield, New Jersey) and Ray Martin (Jersey City, New Jersey) renewed their Rio rivalry when Iannotta upset the then-reigning Paralympic champion in the 100 T51/52. Martin got redemption when he crossed the line in 17.81 seconds, four-tenths of a second faster than Iannotta to take the national title.

 

David Blair (Eagle Mountain, Utah) and U.S. teammate Jeremy Campbell (Perryton, Texas) refaced in the ring for the men's 42-44/46 discus. Blair and Campbell both had a strong day, throwing over 61 meters and separating themselves early in the event, but Blair, the Paralympic champion and world record holder, came out on top with a winning throw of 62.44m.

 

In the most anticipated race of the night, two-time Paralympian Jarryd Wallace (Athens, Georgia) stormed to his second national title of the weekend in the men's T43/44 100, clocking 11.28. Nick Rogers (Bingham, Maine) turned heads with a second place finish, just over two-tenths of a second behind Wallace. Jerome Singleton (Irmo, South Carolina) was third with a time of 11.60.

 

Other national champions from today include Chelsea McClammer (Richland, Washington) in the women's 53/54 5,000, David Brown (St. Louis, Missouri) and guide Jerome Avery (Lemoore, California) in the men's T11/12 100 and Mikey Brannigan (East Northport, N.Y.) in men's T11-13/20 5,000.

 

QUOTES

David Blair

“To be honest, I was pretty nervous today. The last couple of practices weren’t as good as I was wanting so I was really pleased that I could make some adjustments in the ring and correct them enough to take the win. Jeremy [Campbell] threw really well today. Whenever I can come away with a win when Jeremy’s there, I feel pretty lucky.”

 

“There’s probably hardly ever been a meet where [Jeremy] can come and throw 61 [meters] and still not win. The same goes for me. It’s nice to have us both there. We’re both good friends and we’re happy that we should both be in London this summer.”

 

Ray Martin

“The 100 hasn’t been my race lately but I think I tweaked the start a little bit and it worked out.”

 

“Since London [2012], the class has grown a lot. It keeps getting faster and I’m looking forward to seeing how fast it continues to get.”

 

Jarryd Wallace

“I’m not super happy with my time, but at the end of the day the goal of this meet is to make the world championship roster so I hope I can do that and represent Team USA in London this summer.”

 

RESULTS

For full results from the 2017 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Championships, visit FinishedResults.com.