U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Names 54 Athletes To National Team

By Cady Lowery | Jan. 23, 2020, 1:14 p.m. (ET)

Jaleen Roberts holds the American flag after her event at the world championships in DubaiJaleen Roberts earned a gold medal at the 2019 world championships as part of Team USA's 4x100 meter universal relay. 

 

 

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Today 54 athletes - 34 men and 20 women - were named to the 2020 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Team. The roster includes 37 Paralympians and 20 Paralympic medalists, while also showcasing multiple reigning world champions.


“I’m really excited about this national team’s depth,” said Joaquim Cruz, head coach of U.S. Paralympics Track & Field. “Top to bottom, we have a great roster. It’s also a nice mix of Paralympic champions and Paralympic hopefuls. It’s obviously an important year with Tokyo 2020 right around the corner, and I think we have an excellent team lined up.”  


Of the 53 athletes named, 12 are current world champions - Jeremy Campbell (Peyton, Texas), Josh Cinnamo (Lakeville, Minnesota), Breanna Clark (Los Angeles, California), Lex Gillette (Raleigh, North Carolina), Sam Grewe (Middlebury, Indiana), Noah Malone (Fishers, Indiana), Ray Martin (Jersey City, New Jersey), Brittni Mason (Richmond Heights, Ohio), Jaleen Roberts (Kent, Washington),  Daniel Romanchuk (Mount Airy, Maryland), Roderick Townsend-Roberts (Stockton, California), and Deja Young (Mesquite, Texas).


Three newcomers make their national team debut after standout 2019 campaigns. Sophie Munter (Spokane, Washington), a U.S. Paralympics Track and Field High School All-American, joins the team after an impressive performance at the junior world championships. Sydney Barta (Arlington, Virginia) earned gold medals in both the 100 and 200 T45-64 at the junior world championships and gold in the women’s 200 T64 at the 2019 Parapan American Games, catapulting her to the national spotlight. 


Rounding out the rookie squad is Brittni Mason (Richmond Heights, Ohio), a sprinter at Eastern Michigan University, who made her Team USA debut at last year’s world championships, where she earned gold and set the world record in the women’s 100 T47.


The season kicks off in March with a series of World Para Athletics Grand Prix events, including a stop in Mesa, Arizona, at the Desert Challenge Games in April.


The U.S. Paralympic Team Trials will be held June 25-28 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the athletes who will represent Team USA in Tokyo will be named. The Paralympic Games will be held Aug. 25 - Sept. 6. 

 

2020 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Team

* Denotes U.S. Paralympian

^ Denotes 2019 world champion


Name Hometown Class
Jerome Avery* Lemoore, Calif. Guide Athlete
Femita Ayanbeku* Taunton, Mass. T64
Sydney Barta Arlington, Va. T64/F64
David Blair* Eagle Mountain, Utah F44
Michael Brannigan* East Northport, N.Y. T20
David Brown* St. Louis, Mo. T11
Jeremy Campbell*^ Peyton, Texas F64
Josh Cinnamo^ Lakeville, Minn. F46
Breanna Clark*^ Los Angeles, Calif. T20
Kym Crosby* Yuba City, Calif. T13
Aj Digby* Tontogany, Ohio T62
Tobi Fawehinmi* Arlington, Texas T46
Ezra Frech Los Angeles, Calif. T63
Katrina Gerhard Natick, Mass. T54
Lex Gillette*^ Raleigh, N.C. T11
Sam Grewe*^ Middlebury, Ind. T63
Alexa Halko* Williamsburg, Va. T34
Beatriz Hatz Lakewood, Colo. T64
Jessica Heims* Swisher, Iowa F64
Kevan Hueftle Eustis, Neb. T64
Gianfranco Iannotta* Garfield, N.J. T52
Desmond Jackson* Durham, N.C. T63
Isaac Jean-Paul Grayslake, Ill. T13
Noelle Lambert Manchester, N.H. T63
Hagan Landry Delcambre, La. F41
Cheri Madsen* Union, Neb. T54
Noah Malone^ Fishers, Ind. T12
Ray Martin*^ Jersey City, N.J. T52
Brittni Mason^ Richmond Heights, Ohio T46
Chelsea McClammer* Benton City, Wash. T54
Tatyana McFadden* Clarksville, Md. T54
Amanda McGrory* Kennett Square, Penn. T54
Trenten Merrill* San Juan Capistrano, Calif. T64
Cassie Mitchell* Atlanta, Ga. F51
Sophie Munter Spokane, Wash. T34
Justin Phongsavanh Des Moines, Iowa F54
Aaron Pike* Park Rapids, Minn. T54
Markeith Price* Towson, Md. T13
David Prince* Marietta, Ga. T64
Luis Puertas Orlando, Fla. T61
Isaiah Rigo Cheney, Wash. T52
Jaleen Roberts^ Kent, Wash. T37
Nick Rogers* Bingham, Maine T62
Daniel Romanchuk*^ Mount Airy, Md. T54
Susannah Scaroni* Tekoa, Wash. T54
Scot Severn* Caro, Mich. F53
Brian Siemann* Savoy, Ill. T53
Roderick Townsend*^ Stockton, Calif. T46
Jarryd Wallace* Athens, Ga. T64
Taleah Williams* Norfolk, Neb. T47
Wes Williams* Visalia, Calif. Guide Athlete
Michael Wishnia* Chapin, S.C. F57
Deja Young*^ Mesquite, Texas T46
Marshall Zackery Ocala, Fla. T35