LAKE FOREST – The U.S. Paralympics announced its 2017 Track and Field High School All-Americans; out of 71 athletes, 10 Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association athletes were chosen.
The following GLASA athletes were selected:
- Noah Scherf, Michigan City, IN (Men’s 800, 1500, 5000)
- Chance Milledge, Oak Harbor, OH (Men’s 800, 1500)
- Brian Nelson, Lake Villa, IL (Men’s Discus)
- Sam Grewe, Middlebury, IN (Men’s High Jump)
- Jessica Heims, Swisher, IA (Women’s 100, 200, Discus)
- Audrey Kleiss-Garcia, Madison, WI (Women’s 800)
- Lauren Gates, Foxfield, CO (Women’s Discus, Long Jump)
- Margaret Beaudoin, Berkley, MI (Women’s Discus)
- Amanda Malawski, Sugar Grove, IL (Women’s Long Jump)
- Aubrey Headon, Rochelle, IL (Women’s Long Jump)
The selection process involved reviewing at multiple performance of each athlete which differs from the “A” standard for the U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Team. The results are weighted according to the level and type of disability. The general disability categories of athletes named to the All-American list are visual impairment (11-13), intellectual impairment (20), cerebral palsy (33-38), dwarfism (40), amputation/limb loss (41-46) and spinal cord injury (51-57).
In addition to the All-American awards, two GLASA athletes, Jessica Heims and Sam Grewe received the Female and Male Field Athlete of the Year Award. Heims is a freshman at Northern Iowa and a co-recipient of the Female Field Athlete of the Year Award. She received the award after throwing 27.7 meters in women’s discuss and also earned bronze in women’s T44 200 at the World Para Athletics Junior World Championships in Nottwil. Sam Grewe received the Male Field Athlete of the Year Award and is a freshman at Notre Dame. Grewe, won gold at the World Para Athletics World Championships after clearing a height of 1.86 m in the men’s T42 high jump event. He protected his world crown in London, and also tied his American record which makes this the fourth time Grewe has earned his way onto the All-American list.
Submitted by Great Lakes Adaptive Sports Association