Grace Norman Selected for U.S. Paralympics Track and Field

09/13/2015

The U.S. Paralympic Committee selected Xenia Christian senior Grace Norman as one of 66 U.S. Paralympics Track and Field High School All-Americans last week, and named Norman its 2015 High School Female Track Athlete of the year.

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Norman was the first amputee to qualify for the state track and field championships last June and finished eighth in the mile run against a field of able-bodied athletes representing the best in Ohio.
Among the High School All-Americans, Norman has the top time in the women’s 800-meter run (2:27.88), the 1,500 (4:58.68), and she is second quickest among all women’s classes in the 400 (1:03.99).

She’s expected to be named to the U.S. Paralympic team for the Paralympic World Championships which will be held Oct. 21-31 in Doha, Qatar. Norman presently has the world’s second fastest time in the 400-meter run. She ran a time of 1:03.99 in a June meet in St. Paul, Minn.

Earlier this year at the Indy International and Fast Cow Invitational events in Indianapolis, Norman set two world records in the women’s T44 category. She broke a 10-year-old record in the 800-meter run with a world-best time of 2:28.87, and has since topped her own mark. She also set the world mark in the 1,500 with her time of 4:58.68.

Norman is also an accomplished paratriathlete. She currently ranks fifth in the world among PT4-class paratriathletes and is the top-ranked American.