COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Mount Union junior AJ Digby (Tontogany / Otsego) was one of 45 athletes (33 men and 12 women) named to the 2019 U.S. Paralympics Track & Field National Team by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the U.S. Olympic Committee.
Digby competed in the 2016 Paralympics in Rio where he finished fourth in the 400 meters, fifth in the 200 meters and was part of a 4x100 meter relay team that placed sixth.
"This year's national team showcases our program's great talent and versatility," said Cathrine Erickson, high performance director for U.S. Paralympics Track & Field. "From first-time national team members to reigning Paralympic champions, I'm extremely excited by this group as we head into a very important championships year and Tokyo in 2020."
Team USA athletes will also have the chance to compete internationally at three major championships in 2019 beginning with the World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Nottwil, Switzerland from Aug. 1-4, followed by the Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru from Aug. 23-Sep. 1. Just a few months later, the team will compete at the World Para Athletics Championships in Dubai from Nov. 7-15.
At Mount Union, Digby is a six-time All-American (3 outdoor / 3 indoor) and has won four national event titles and helped the Purple Raiders sweep the 2018 indoor and outdoor team titles.
Born with bilateral fibular hemimelia, a rare condition in which the fibulas in his legs were never formed…Had both his legs amputated below the knee when he was 10 months old and was fitted for prostheses just after his first birthday.
Mount Union will next compete at the SPIRE Invitational at Spire Institute in Geneva, Ohio.