Ryan Mink of the Washington Post reported today that Tatyana McFadden, a Maryland teen with spina bifida could not earn points for her Track & Field team in regional and state tournaments due to the use of her wheel chair.
This decision came just over a month after Tatyana McFadden and the Howard County School system reached an agreement to allow the junior at Atholton High school to compete and earn points in county events this spring. The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association however, ruled Thursday that athletes in wheelchairs will not be able to earn points for their team in regional and state tournaments.
So as it stands now, wheelchair participants can compete in the 100, 200, 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 meter races this spring (last year, they couldn't compete in the 100 and 200) however, wheelchair athletes can't score team points.
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