Team St. Luke's reaps multiple medals
Bill Jennings and Mike Vlahovich
The Spokesman Review
August 05, 2008

Team St. Luke's, a sports team created by St. Luke's Rehabilitation Institute for children with physical disabilities, traveled to Piscataway, N.J., to compete July 19-27 in the National Junior Disability Championships at Rutgers University.

The team sent 15 athletes who brought home 134 medals and broke 35 national records. Five were also invited to compete in the International Junior Disability Championships, also at Rutgers that week. Team St. Luke's won 96 gold medals, 19 silver medals and nine bronze medals.


Carly Allen set three national records, winning gold medals in the shot put, discus and javelin. She also won a swimming silver in the 100-meter freestyle and two bronze medals in the 50 and 100-meter backstrokes, plus a silver in 3-on-3 basketball.

Kasey Andrews won gold medals in the shot, discus, javelin and club, and set national records in the 100, 400, 800 and 1,500. She also set a national record winning the pentathlon and won silver in 3-on-3 basketball.

Kelsie Christenson set five national records, winning gold in the shot, discus, long jump, softball and javelin. She won three track and field golds in the 100, 400 and 800, plus two silvers in the 60 and 800.

Jordan Clyburn won six track and field golds in the 60, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 400 relay. He also won three golds in powerlifting.

Bob Hunt won bronze in the javelin and pentathlon, gold in the 800 medley relay, three golds in power-lifting, and a silver in 3-on-3 basketball.

Michelle Kazuaba broke three national records, winning gold medals in the shot, discus, javelin, softball and long jump. She also won gold in two swimming events: 50-meter freestyle and backstroke.

Chelsea McClammer won track and field gold medals in the 800, 1,500 and 5,000, silver in the 100, 200 and 400, plus silver in pentathlon and 3-on-3 basketball.

Emily Owens won golds in the shot and discus, silver in the javelin and bronze in the club. She also won gold in the 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1,500, pentathlon and two 400 relays.

Mica Price won gold medals in the shot, discus, javelin, and four golds in swimming.

Austin Pruitt won gold medals in the shot, discus and javelin, long jump and club, breaking two national records, plus golds in the 100, 200, 400 and pentathlon.

Isaiah Rigo won gold medals in the shot, discus, javelin, 60, 100, 200, 400 and the 400 relay, plus silver in softball.

Mikila Salazar won gold in the shot and discus, silver in javelin and gold in the 400 relay.

David Watts won gold in the 100, 200, 400 and 800.

Amber Weber won gold medals in the 100, 200, 400, 400 relay, 800 medley relay and pentathlon; silvers in the 800, 1,500 and 5,000; and silver in 3-on-3 basketball.

Casey Zeigler won golds in the shot, discus and javelin, three golds in power-lifting and silver in 3-on-3 basketball.

The NJDC was founded in 1984 for athletes with spinal injuries, cerebral palsy, visual impairments, amputations, limb deficiencies, and other congenital anomalies from the United States and several foreign countries. Athlete's ages range from 7 to 21.

Copyright 2008. Reprinted with permission of The Spokesman Review. Permission is granted in the interest of public discussion and does not imply endorsement of any product, service or organization otherwise mentioned herein.

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