Paralympic Track & Field Trials set for June 29-July 1

Competition is qualifying event for 2012 London Paralympic Games

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee, announced that the 2012 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Trials will be held at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis June 29 - July 1.

"We wanted have a location for fast times and good distances; that's what we're looking for, and we think we can get both in Indianapolis," said Associate Director of High Performance, U.S. Paralympics Track and Field, Cathy Sellers.

Approximately 200 athletes are expected to participate at the Trials. Although the competition is the U.S. qualifying event for athletes to make the U.S. Paralympic Team, it is open to athletes from all countries. The Trials will determine the final selections for the 2012 U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team that will compete in the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. Athletes who meet the minimum qualifying standards at a sanctioned track & field event are eligible to compete in the Trials.

The top U.S. Paralympic athletes are expected to compete, including the following world record holders:

Amanda McGrory (Champaign, Ill.) - T53 5000m (11:39.00)
April Holmes (Somerdale, N.J.) - T44 100m (12.98), 200m (27.1) & 400m
Anjali Forber-Pratt (Champaign, Ill.), Jessica Galli (Savoy, Ill.), Amanda McGrory, Tatyana McFadden (Clarksville, Md.) - T53-54 4x100m relay (1:02.16)

Lex Gillette (Chula Vista, Calif.) - F11 long jump (6.73)
Jeff Skiba  (Chula Vista, Calif.) - F44 high jump (2.11)

Wheelchair racer and native of Indiana Josh Swoverland (Avon, Ind.) will also compete at the Trials.

Events will be held at the Michael A. Carroll Stadium. The venue features an oval 400-meter, eight-lane track made up of Mondo surface, which mimics the same track surface that athletes will be racing on at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London. The stadium is located right at the heart of downtown Indianapolis, easing travel for the participants and providing them with convenient services to the airport, hotel and eating options.

 

In the past, the Carroll Stadium had been the site of the 2006 and 2007 USA Track & Field National Championships and the 1988 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials. Its history of being able to conduct track and field meets was another reason why Indianapolis was chosen.

While IUPUI has hosted Paralympic swimming competitions in the past, this year marks the first time it will host a Paralympic track & field event.

At the 2008 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field Trials in Tempe, Ariz., 14 other countries competed at the Trials, including Colombia, Brazil, Ghana, Italy, Japan, Germany and Israel.

More information about the competition can be found at http://usparalympics.org/2012-u-s-paralympics-track-field-trials

For more information, please contact Beth Bourgeois, U.S. Paralympics, at 719-866-2039 orThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..