Mount Union's AJ Digby Named to US Paralympics 2020 National Team

AJ Digby (Photo by Lenny Reich)
AJ Digby (Photo by Lenny Reich)

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- Mount Union senior AJ Digby (Tontogany / Otsego) was one of 54 athletes (34 men and 20 women) named to the 2020 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.

"I'm really excited about this national team's depth," said Joaquim Cruz, head coach of U.S. Paralympics Track & Field. "Top to bottom, we have a great roster. It's also a nice mix of Paralympic champions and Paralympic hopefuls. It's obviously an important year with Tokyo 2020 right around the corner, and I think we have an excellent team lined up." 

The season kicks off in March with a series of World Para Athletics Grand Prix events, including a stop in Mesa, Arizona, at the Desert Challenge Games in April. The U.S. Paralympic Team Trials will be held June 25-28 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where the athletes who will represent Team USA in Tokyo will be named. The Paralympic Games will be held Aug. 25 - Sept. 6. 

At Mount Union, Digby is a nine-time All-American (5 indoor / 4 outdoor) and has won five 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 NCAC/OAC/HCAC Challenge at Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio.