CRANFORD, NJ — The U.S. Paralympics Track & Field announced on Friday, November 22, the 2019 class of high school All-Americans.
According to the release, the award was created in 2010 and highlights young U.S. athletes who have a Paralympic-eligible impairment that have gone on to compete at the Paralympic Games, world championships and set world records. Sixty-nine athletes, (40 males and 29 females) were named to the 10th edition of the team, including Cranford High School sophomore Catarina Guimarães.
"It's an honor to be recognized as one of the top athletes in the United States," said Guimarães. "I have trained early mornings, in the cold, on holidays and yes, even weekends to get where I am"
Guimarães was born 9 weeks premature and diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, which affects the left side of her body. She has competed in the women's 100, 200, 400, and 800-meter, along with the women's long jump and shot put. Some of her best times and distances in 2019 were as follows:
100 - WOMEN - 14.71 @ Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru
200 - WOMEN - 32.41 @ Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals
400 - WOMEN - 1:10:09 @ Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru
800 - WOMEN - 3:08.95 @ Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals
LONG JUMP - WOMEN - 4.05m @ Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru
SHOT PUT - WOMEN - 7.82m @ Adaptive Sports USA Junior Nationals
"My goal for 2020 is to make the US Paralympic team going to Tokyo next Summer," added Guimarães. "I have several meets throughout the year and the Paralympic Trails in June. To prepare for these challenges, my training started over a month ago!"