RICHMOND, Ind. – Earlham College junior Noah Scherf, a member of the Quakers' cross country and track and field teams, was one of 63 athletes selected for the United States team for the 2019 World Para Athletics Championships, it was announced Tuesday by U.S. Paralympics Track & Field.
The 2019 World Para Athletics Championships will be held November 7-15, 2019, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and will be the last major opportunity for athletes to earn slots for the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan.
"This is a great honor for Noah to represent Team USA," said Derick Lawrence, Earlham's head cross country coach. "He's worked very hard to get to this point in his running career. His experience in Peru will be valuable as he prepares for Dubai."
Scherf will be competing in the men's T13 5000m run, the same event in which he competed earlier this year at the 2019 Parapan American Games in Lima, Peru, where he placed fourth with a time of 15:44.48.
"It's something I've been working toward for a long time," said Scherf. "Even coming in here as a freshman, one of my goals was to make a world championships team before I left. I wasn't too sure if I was going to make this team or not, so I feel lucky… I feel like some of the work has paid off… and I feel honored."
Scherf earned Second Team All-Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference at the 2019 HCAC Outdoor Track & Field Championships, after finishing second in the 10,000m (32:11.92) and third in the 5000m (15:19.92). He ran his personal best time in the 5000m (15:11.47) at the Washington University Distance Carnival on March 30, 2019.
"This is the last major event before Tokyo and we'll have the Paralympic trials next summer. Time wise, I think sub-15:00 gives you a good shot at making the Paralympic Games team," said Scherf.
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