U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Team Nominated For 2019 Parapan American Games

By Brianna Tammaro | July 23, 2019, 5:44 p.m. (ET)

Track and field athletes David Brown and Jerome Avery smile after winning gold medals in Toronto at the 2015 Parapan American Games.David Brown and guide Jerome Avery, pictured above at the 2015 Parapan American Games, will compete with Team USA at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru from August 24-28.

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Sixty athletes and four guides will represent Team USA in track and field at the 2019 Parapan American Games as announced today by U.S. Paralympics Track & Field. Highlighting the roster of 39 men and 25 women are 25 Paralympians who will line up at the Athletics Stadium in the Villa Deportiva Nacional Videna cluster in Lima from Aug. 24-28.

“Lima is the beginning of a very exciting year for our program," said Joaquim Cruz, head coach of the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Parapan American Team. “The Parapan Am Games will be great preparation for our athletes of all levels to compete internationally ahead of our world championships and ultimately the Paralympic Games next summer.”

The U.S. will bring a strong contingent of Paralympians to Lima, including Paralympic champions Deja Young (Mesquite, Texas), David Brown (St. Louis, Missouri) and guide Jerome Avery (Lemoore, California), Jeremy Campbell (Perryton, Texas), Breanna Clark (Los Angeles, California), Jerome Singleton (Irmo, South Carolina) and Gianfranco Iannotta (Garfield, New Jersey). Also adding their experience to the roster are Paralympic medalists Lex Gillette (Raleigh, North Carolina) and guide Wesley Williams (Visalia, California), Sam Grewe (Middlebury, Indiana), Scot Severn (Caro, Michigan), Femita Ayanbeku (Boston, Massachusetts) and Kym Crosby Hightower (Yuba City, California).

Sixteen athletes on the 2019 roster competed at the last edition of the Parapan Am Games in 2015 where Team USA athletes won 53 medals, including podium performances from Brown, Avery, Gillette, Williams, Iannotta, Hightower and David Prince (Marietta, Georgia).

The Games will feature 1,850 athletes competing in 17 sports, making it the biggest Parapan American Games to date. For more information, visit Lima 2019’s
website. 

 

2019 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Parapan American Team
*Denotes U.S. Paralympian

Name Hometown Classification
Jackson Atwood Spokane, Wash. T54
*Jerome Avery Lemoore, Calif. Guide
*Femita Ayanbeku Boston, Mass. T64
Sydney Barta Arlington, Va. T64/F64
*Scout Bassett Harbor Springs, Mich. T63
Stephen Binning Phoenix, Ariz. T53
Kaitlin Bounds Russellville, Ark. T20
Mark Braun St. Paul, Minn. T54
Jack Briggs Fort Collins, Colo. T47
*David Brown St. Louis, Mo. T11
*Jeremy Campbell Perryton, Texas F64
Annie Carey Boise, Idaho T44
Mikayla Chandler Marion, Mass. F41
Josh Cinnamo Lakeville, Minn. F46
*Breanna Clark Los Angeles, Calif. T20
Antoine Craig Richmond, Va. T11
Phillip Croft Spokane, Wash. T53
Michelle Cross Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif. T37
Hannah Dederick Liberty Lake, Wash. T54
Connor Faint Winchester, Va. Guide
*Tobi Fawehinmi Arlington, Texas T46
Jenna Fesemyer Ravenna, Ohio T54
Elizabeth Floch Spokane Valley, Wash. T54
Casey Followay Wooster, Ohio T53
Norris Foster Cranford, N.Y. T34
Ezra Frech Los Angeles, Calif. T63
Mike Gallardo Los Angeles, Calif. F64
*Lex Gillette Raleigh, N.C. T11
Joel Gomez Encinitas, Calif. T13
*Sam Grewe Middlebury, Ind. T63
Catarina Guimaraes Cranford, N.J. T38
Beatriz Hatz Lakewood, Colo. T64
*Jessica Heims Swisher, Iowa F64
*Lacey Henderson Denver, Colo. T63
*Kym Hightower Yuba City, Calif. T13
*Erik Hightower Glendale, Ariz. T54
Yen Hoang Vancouver, Wash. T53
Kevan Hueftle Eustis, Neb. T64
*Gianfranco Iannotta Garfield, N.J. T52
*Cody Jones Simi Valley, Calif. F38
Hagan Landry Delcambre, La. F41
Jared Lane Piscataway, N.J. Guide
*Kelsey LeFevour Chicago, Ill. T53
Sebastiana Lopez San Bernardino, Calif. F54
Noah Malone Fishers, Ind. T12
*Trenten Merrill San Juan Capistrano, Calif. T64
Jasmine Murrell Plainfield, N.J. T12
Justin Phongsavanh Ankeny, Iowa F54
Conner Pierce Seattle, Wash. T36
*Markeith Price Baltimore, Md. T13
*David Prince Marietta, Ga. T64
Arielle Rausin Cape Coral, Fla. T54
Isaiah Rigo Cheney, Wash. T52
Jaleen Roberts Kent, Wash. T37
*Nick Rogers Chula Vista, Calif. T62
Nelya Schasfoort Avon Lake, Ohio T45
Noah Scherf Michigan City, Ind. T13
*Scot Severn Caro, Mich. F53
*Jerome Singleton Irmo, S.C. T64
*Taleah Williams Norfolk, Neb. T47
*Wesley Williams Visalia, Calif. Guide
Tanner Wright Cypress, Texas T46
*Deja Young Mesquite, Texas T47
Marshall Zackery Ocala, Fla. T35