Yesterday, the United States names its 42 member strong track and field team for the upcoming 2015 season, with the major events on the athletics program including the IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar in October and 2015 IPC Athletics Marathon World Championships that will take place as part of the London Marathon.
The women on the team include Natalie Bieule, Kym Crosby, Alexa Halko, April Holmes, Chelsea McClammer, Hannah McFadden, Tatyana McFadden, Amanda McGrory, Cassie Mitchell, Kerry Morgan, Rachel Morrison, Grace Norman, Shirley Reilly, Susannah Scaroni, and Stephanie Timmer.
The men on the team include Jerome Avery, David Brown, Richard Browne, Jeremy Campbell, AJ Digby, Tobi Fawehinmi, Joshua George, Elexis Gillette, JaQuvis Hart, Erik Hightower, Gianfranco Iannotta, Hurie Johnson, Raymond Martin, Trenton Merrill, David Prince, Austin Pruitt, Scot Severn, Brian Siemann, Jerome Singleton Jr., Jeffrey Skiba, Rolland Slade, Scott Stokes, Steven Toyoji, Jarryd Wallace, Wes Williams, Hunter Woodhall, and Regas Woods.
Cathy Sellers, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics track &field, said of the selection, “¡”This is going to be a very exciting year for our national team athletes. […] Last year was all about growth for both our new athletes and our veterans, but with the world championships this year, we are focused on getting our athletes on the podium and preparing for Rio.”
Holmes is a T44 athlete from Kissimmee, Florida. She competed at the 2012 Summer Paralympics, winning a bronze in the women’s 100 metres T53 event.T52 competitor Martin from Jersey City, New Jersey was one of the top individual medal winners at the London Games. He was also the first man to win gold in five different events at a single world championship.
Clarksville, Maryland native McFadden is another Paralympic veteran on the team. She had a chance to pick up four gold medals in London, but a tire puncture took her out of the marathon race. McFadden had to settle for three. For the past few years, she has been considered one of the top marathoners in the world. When she is not on the track, McFadden also is a Nordic skier.
F53 classified Severn is from Caro, Michigan. An Army Reservist, he is also plays wheelchair rugby. Bieule is a new member of the team. The Miramar, Florida native broke her own American record last year at the national championships in the women’s F40-44 discus. Gillette, of Raleigh, North Carolina, set a world record last year at the Desert Challenge Games in the men’s long jump T11