Wichita high school wheelchair athlete breaks national track and field record
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - A Wichita Heights wheelchair athlete is now the fastest ever high schooler in the United States in the 3,200-meter race.
A USD 259 spokesperson said Grant Pierce on Thursday posted the second fastest 1,600-meter, 3:53.83, and the fastest 3,200-meter, 8:28.69, off all time in the U.S. His time in the 1,600 is second only to Alan Webb’s 3:51.83.
Last year, Grant was selected to the U.S. Paralympic Team, and in 2021 he became the first state champ in a wheelchair race.
Grant was born with a rare vascular birth defect called Bockenheimer's syndrome, his mom, Kary Pierce said. His condition affects his entire left leg and lower back. As a child, he fell and broke his femur in the affected leg and underwent numerous surgeries.