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We are thrilled to formally announce the 2016 Angel City Games top three performances in Track andField for adult competitors. Performances were measured against the U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team’s “A” Standard.
 
2016 Angel City Games Performance Award Winners - Track
1. Lacey Henderson, 100M time of 18.84 seconds (84.98% of the US Paralympic “A” Standard in the T42 Class)
2. Stephen Binning, 100M time of 17.68 seconds (84.33% of the US Paralympic “A” Standard in the T53 Class)
3. Ernesto Fonseca, 400M time of 1:39.55 minutes (83.38% of the US Paralympic “A” Standard in the T51 Class)
 
2016 Angel City Games Performance Award Winners - Field
1. Lacey Henderson, Long Jump 3.62M (93.73% of the US Paralympic “A” Standard in the F42 Class)
4. Rachael Kroener, Discus throw of 14.92M (87.25% of the US Paralympic “A” Standard in the F34 Class)
5. Gabriel Graves-Wake, Shot Put throw of 6.42M (83.16% of the US Paralympic “A” Standard. in the F34 Class)


About the Winners:

 Lacey Henderson

Lacey Henderson is a US Paralympic Track and Field Athlete.  She recently competed at the US Trials and although she didn’t make the Rio team, she found redemption at the 2016 Angel City Games where she set an American Record in the Long Jump.  Lacey was just nine years old when her leg was amputated above the knee in a lifesaving measure after the diagnosis of a rare soft tissue tumor in her knee. It was just four years ago that the 26-year old began competing in track and field for the first time since her amputation, and she is quickly making her mark. Currently the American record holder in her competition categories for the 200m and Long Jump, Lacey also has her sights on breaking the American record for the 100m.

 Stephen Binning

Stephen Binning has been a wheelchair athlete since he was six years old. Now, 15 years later he is still competing in track and playing basketball for the Arizona State wheelchair team. After spending three years with the Illinois wheelchair track team, Stephen has come back to Arizona and is giving back to Arizona Disabled Sports by coaching the new athletes who are discovering the joys of wheelchair sports. As the first Arizona high school wheelchair track athlete, he is also working towards full inclusion of wheelchair athletes at the high school level.

Ernesto Fonseca, originally from Costa Rica, is a Supercross and Motocross legend.  He joined Ricky Carmichael on American Honda Racing Team and was usually a top 5 finisher.  He broke into the scene as AMA Rookie of the Year in 1999.  However, his MX career came to an end In April 2006 when he was paralyzed in a training accident.  Ernesto has been working to improve his health ever since and has started to compete in various adaptive sports. He will be competing in wheelchair racing for Costa Rica at the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games in Rio.

Rachel Kroener is a scholarship athlete with the University of Texas at Arlington’s Lady Movin’ Mavs wheelchair basketball team, which won the 2016 National Championship. She received a wheelchair basketball scholarship to attend UTA. She is majoring in Exercise Science and wants to become a Prosthetist. Rachel has two American records in javelin and shot put in her field classification and was the 2012 US Paralympics Female Field Athlete of the Year. Rachel competed with Team USA at the 2015 IPC Athletics World Championships in Doha, Qatar where she placed 6th in the javelin, 7th in the shot put and set a new American record for shot put.

Gabriel Graves-Wake, Sgt USMC joined the Marine Corps in February of 2012.  Before transitioning to Wounded Warrior Battalion, she worked as an intelligence analyst at 2D Intelligence Battalion. She was injured in a motorcycle accident halfway through her enlistment. Prior to her accident she was a competitive martial artist and taekwondo instructor. In 2013, she earned the rank of 4th degree black belt in the American Taekwondo Association.  Adaptive sports has been an important part of her recovery. She regularly trains and competes in track & field, and cycling events, including Warrior Games (2014 and 2015) Invictus Games (2016) and Angel City Games (2016).


Prizes Offered:

The prizes below will be offered to top three adult performers for both Track and Field. Big thanks to our sponsors Yogaworks, UR Life, and OrangeTheory Fitness!  
 
1st Place Prize (total retail value:  $2,515)
· Commemorative 1st Place Plaque from Angel City Sports
· 1 Year Membership to any Yogaworks Studio (retail value: $1,620)
· 1 Free UR Life video documenting your Angel City Games Experience (retail value: $595)
· 3 Month Membership to OrangeTheory Fitness in Los Angeles and OTF Gear ($300)
 
2nd Place Prize (total retail value: $1,630)
· Commemorative 2nd Place Plaque from Angel City Sports
· 6 Month Membership to any Yogaworks Studio (retail value: $810)
· 1 Free UR Life video documenting your 2016 Angel CIty Games Experience (retail value: $595)
· 2 Month Membership to OrangeTheory Fitness in Los Angeles & OTF Gear (retail value: $225)
 
3rd Place Prize (total retail value: $1,125)
· Commemorative 3rd Place Plaque from Angel City Sports
· 3 Month Membership to any Yogaworks Studio (retail value: $405)
· 1 Free UR Life video documenting your 2016 Angel CIty Games Experience (retail value: $595)
· 1 Month Membership to OrangeTheory Fitness in Los Angeles & OTF Gear (retail value: $125)

 

Background on the Performance Awards...

We calculated a % above the standard for Track (for example, a track performance of 11 seconds with a 10 second standard would result in 110% attainment of the standard) and a % below the standard for Field (for example, a 9 Meter throw with a 10 Meter standard would result in 90% attainment of the standard). The closest three performances in both Track and Field won the 2016 Angel City Games Performance Awards. Anybody that meets or beats the A standard was calculated as well!  We awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes for both Saturday’s Track Competition and Sunday’s Field Competition. To be eligible for the Performance Awards, you must be a minimum of 18 years old and have competed in at least one Track or Field Event at the 2016 Angel City Games. Only performances at the 2016 Angel City Games will count.