U.S. paralympians compete in national track championship in St. Paul


The nation's best are in St. Paul this weekend to compete in the U.S. Paralympics Track and Field National Championship.

This is the first time Minnesota has hosted the event, according to MPR News. This weekend more than 200 athletes are slated to compete at Hamline University, representing 37 states.

Cathy Sellers, U.S. director for the Paralympics Track and Field, tells WCCO the Twin Cities is a great place for this competition because it's a hub with good transportation options for those who have physical disabilities.

WCCO profiled some of the Minnesota athletes:

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The meet is also drawing participants from other countries, including Mexico, Great Britain, Australia and Trinidad and Tobago, MPR reports.

Day 1 results

On day one, Cassie Mitchell unofficially broke the world record in the 200 meters in sport class T51, crossing the finish line in just 44.17. The previous record was set by Becky Richter of Canada just a month ago at 53.26, according to IPC Athletics (The sport classes group athletes together based on how their activity it limited due to their impairment - more info here).

Eleven-time medalist Tatyana McFadden took two national titles in the 800m and 500m in classes T53/54 in Friday's competition, before going up north to compete in Grandma's Marathon in Duluth Saturday.

McFadden finished first in Grandma's woman's wheelchair race with a time of 1:42.50.

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