U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic Committee, announced today the 66 athletes who will represent Team USA in track & field at the 2016 Paralympic Games. The 40 men and 26 women on the roster, in addition to three guides for visually impaired athletes, will compete in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from September 7-18.
Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Maryland) is one of the athletes headlining the U.S. team in Rio de Janeiro. The five-time Paralympian and 11-time Paralympic medalist is aiming to become the first athlete to sweep every distance from the 100-meter to the marathon at the Paralympic Games with seven events. Highlighting the men’s side is Ray Martin (Jersey City, New Jersey) who emerged as the most decorated U.S. man on the track at the London 2012 Paralympic Games, winning gold in all four events he competed in.
Returning to the roster for Rio are 14 medalists from the London Games, including Paralympic champions Jeremy Campbell (Perryton, Texas) in men’s discus F44 and Shirley Reilly (Tucson, Arizona) in the women’s marathon T54. Team USA won nine gold, six silver and 13 bronze for a total of 28 medals in London.
Two athletes will be representing the United States in two sports as Allyssa Seely (Glendale, Arizona) and Grace Norman (Jamestown, Ohio) were nominated to the U.S. Paralympic Triathlon Team for the sport’s debut in Rio.
Among the members of the 2016 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team are four U.S. military veterans: Angela Madsen (Long Beach, California), Marine Corps; Scot Severn (Caro, Michigan), Army; Johnnie Williams (Yukon, Okla.), Army; Michael Wishnia (San Clemente, California), Marine Corps.
Megan Absten T46 Burlington, Wash.
Femita Ayanbeku T44 Whitman, Mass.
Scout Bassett T42 Laguna Niguel, Calif.
Natalie Bieule F44 Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Breanna Clark T20 Los Angeles, Calif.
Kym Crosby T13 Yuba City, Calif.
Alexa Halko T34 Williamsburg, Va.
April Holmes T44 Kissimmee, Fla.
Kelsey LeFevour T53 Chicago, Ill.
Angela Madsen F56 Long Beach, Calif./Marine Corps
Cheri Madsen T54 Union, Neb.
Chelsea McClammer T53 Richland, Wash.
Hannah McFadden T54 Clarksville, Md.
Tatyana McFadden T54 Clarksville, Md.
Amanda McGrory T54 Kennett Square, Pa.
Cassie Mitchell F51 Atlanta, Ga.
Kerri Morgan T52 St. Louis, Mo.
Rachael Morrison F51 Farmington Hills, Mich.
Ivonne Mosquera-Schmidt T11 New York, N.Y.
Kyle Wardwell Guide Newcastle, Okla.
Grace Norman T44 Jamestown, Ohio
Shirley Reilly T53 Tucson, Ariz.
Susannah Scaroni T54 Urbana, Ill.
Allysa Seely T36 Glendale, Ariz.
Taleah Williams T47 Norfolk, Neb.
Liz Willis T44 Augusta, Kan.
Deja Young T46 Mesquite, Texas
David Blair F44 Eagle Mountain, Utah
Michael Brannigan T20 East Northport, N.Y.
David Brown T11 St. Louis, Mo.
Jerome Avery Guide Lemoore, Calif.
Jeremy Campbell F44 Perryton, Texas
Chaz Davis T12 Grafton, Mass.
AJ Digby T43 Bowling Green, Ohio
Tobi Fawehinmi T46 Arlington, Texas
Josh George T53 Herndon, Virginia
Lex Gillette T11 Raleigh, N.C.
Wes Williams Guide Visalia, Calif.
Sam Grewe T42 Middlebury, Ind.
Tysheem Griffin T20 Amityville, N.Y.
Tyson Gunter T13 Pocatello, Idaho
Jaquvis Hart T47 Bossier City, La.
Erik Hightower T54 Glendale, Ariz.
Gianfranco Iannotta T52 Garfield, N.J.
Desmond Jackson T42 Durham, N.C.
Ayden Jent T35 Indianapolis, Ind.
Blake Leeper T43 Kingsport, Tennessee
Ray Martin T52 Jersey City, N.J.
Trenten Merrill T44 San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Nick Rogers T43 Lisbon, Maine
Aaron Pike T54 Park Rapids, Minn.
Markeith Price T13 Baltimore, Md.
Austin Pruitt T34 Spokane, Wash.
Josh Roberts T52 Morris, Ala.
Daniel Romanchuk T54 Mount Airy, Md.
James Senbeta T54 Philadelphia, Pa.
Scot Severn F53 Caro, Mich./Army
Brian Siemann T53 Millstone, N.J.
Jerome Singleton T44 Irmo, S.C.
Jeff Skiba T44 San Diego, Calif.
Nick Slade T47 Albuquerque, N.M.
Roderick Townsend T46 Stockton, Calif.
Steven Toyoji T52 San Francisco, Calif.
Shaquille Vance T42 Houston, Miss.
Jarryd Wallace T44 Athens, Ga.
Johnnie Williams F56 Yukon, Okla./Army
Michael Wishnia F57 San Clemente, Calif. /Marine Corps
Hunter Woodhall T43 Syracuse, Utah
Regas Woods T42