(L-R) Lacey Henderson, Scout Bassett and Annie Carey pose for a photo at the 2019 Parapan American Games on Aug. 27, 2019 in Lima, Peru.
LIMA, Peru – U.S. women led the charge for Team USA on the fourth night of track and field competition at the Parapan American Games, winning all three gold medals for the United States. Scout Bassett (Harbor Springs, Michigan), Lacey Henderson (Denver, Colorado) and Annie Carey (Boise, Idaho) secured the third podium sweep for Team USA women in Lima while Sebastiana Lopez Arellano (New Braunfels, Texas) smashed a world record in the women’s shot put F53/54/55.
Top Highlights from Track and Field
Leading Women – Team USA women displayed their dominance tonight, winning all three of the U.S. team’s gold medals, breaking a world record and earning a U.S. medal sweep for the third time in Lima. So far, women have won 23 of Team USA’s 51 medals in track and field.
Stars and stripes sweep – For the fourth time in as many days, Team USA athletes swept the podium in track and field competition in Lima – three of which were won by women. Scout Bassett (Harbor Springs, Michigan), Lacey Henderson (Denver, Colorado) and Annie Carey (Boise, Idaho) took gold, silver and bronze, respectively, in the women’s long jump T42-44/61-63 to earn the third U.S. women’s track and field medal sweep of the competition. The other two women’s sweeps came in the T54 class.
Record-breaking debut – Retired U.S. Air Force staff sergeant Sebastiana Lopez Arellano (New Braunfels, Texas) has impressed at her first Parapan American Games, breaking a world record today in the women’s discus F55 after securing bronze on Sunday in the women’s shot put F53/54/55. Her record throw of 20.52-meters was good enough to earn her a fifth-place finish in the mixed class event at her first international Games with Team USA.
Team USA Results
11 medals (3 gold, 5 silver, 3 bronze)
Gold (3): Scout Bassett (Harbor Springs, Mich.) – women’s long jump T42-44/61-63 (3.58); Jaleen Roberts (Kent, Wash.) – women’s 100m T37 (13.78); Deja Young (Mesquite, Texas) – women’s 100m T47 (12.04)
Silver (5): Jeremy Campbell (Perryton, Texas) – men’s discus F64 (62.92m); Joel Gomez (Encinitas, Calif.) – men’s 1500m T13 (4:03.22); Lacey Henderson (Denver, Colo.) – women’s long jump T42-44/61-63 (3.39); Erik Hightower (Glendale, Ariz.) – men’s 100m T54 (14.90); Scot Severn (Caro, Mich.) – men’s shot put F53/54
Bronze (3): Annie Carey (Boise, Idaho) – women’s long jump T42-44/61-63 (4.45); Cody Jones (Simi Valley, Calif.) – men’s javelin throw F37/38 (44.92m); Marshall Zackery (Ocala, Fla.) – men’s 100m T35 (13.06)
World record: Sebastiana Lopez Arellano (New Braunfels, Texas) – women’s discus F55 (20.52)
“I’m absolutely ecstatic. I’m really quite shocked; I don’t even know what to say. I was just hoping to make it on the podium so to be on top is beyond my dreams. I’m thrilled. Just to share it with two other incredible women on that podium gives me so much pride.”
“Having the first sweep of the day and women’s field events is such a great testament to our program and where women’s sports are going, especially with Paralympics. That’s a huge goal of mine is to get more girls and young women involved in the Paralympics so we can have more opportunities and more events to compete in. Just to see how strong we are makes me so happy.”
“Ultimately I’m leaving with a season best so I’m moving in the right direction getting ready for world championships. As a competitor, it’s obviously disappointing when you don’t walk away with the gold but I can’t ask for much more with a season best, especially to a world record mark. Ahkeem [Stewart] brought a lot of energy so it was hard to match that. Overall, it’s a season best and a silver medal so I’m happy with it."
"I was extremely nervous. I didn’t know what to expect because I’ve been experiencing little aches and pains here and there. I figured it was either because I was cold, tired or because it’s been a long season. I pulled through and focused on the race itself. I know I’m here for a reason. God wouldn’t put me here if I couldn’t handle it so I ran my race, stayed in my lane and got another gold.”
What To Watch
Track and field competition concludes on Wednesday with some of the marquee events of the competition, the 100-meters. In the men’s T11 class, David Brown (St. Louis, Missouri) and Jerome Avery (Lemoore, California) will team up to defend their Parapan American title from 2015. Noah Malone (Fishers, Indiana) will seek his first Parapan American gold medal in the men’s T12 class. In the men’s T64, Nick Rogers (Bingham, Maine), Kevan Hueftle (Eustis, Neb.), Jerome Singleton (Irmo, S.C.) and Ezra Frech (Los Angeles, Calif.) will race for gold. In the field, Jaleen Roberts (Kent, Wash.) will go for her third gold medal of the Games in the women’s long jump T36/37/38 while Jessica Heims (Swisher, Iowa) will compete in her first event in the women’s discus F64. Team USA will also compete in the universal 4x100m relay to cap off the competition.
Coverage of the 2019 U.S. Parapan American Team can be found at TeamUSA.org/Parapan2019. Visit TeamUSA.org/USADaily to sign up to receive the USA Daily, a digital news blast that provides Team USA results and highlights each night via email during the Games. Livestream of the Parapan American Games Lima 2019 is also available on TeamUSA.org/Live.