RICHMOND, Ind. – It was a long two months waiting for the affirmation, but Earlham College sophomore Noah Scherf (Michigan City, Ind./Michigan City) can now call himself a United States record holder.
Scherf's time of 32:11.92 in the 10,000m has been ratified by U.S. Paralympics, a division of the United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee, as the new U.S. parathlete T-13 record in the event.
The visual impairment classification of T-13 means Scherf competes with decreased visual acuity (fuzzy vision), but does not need a guide during competition.
Scherf set the new mark while competing for Earlham at the 2019 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference Outdoor Track and Field Championships on April 26 at Mount St. Joseph University's Schueler Field. He finished second in the 10,000m at the HCAC outdoor meet, and has been awaiting ratification of the claim on the record ever since.
"This record is significant for Noah – he has memorized every T-13 record from the 800m through the 10K. What we really appreciate as a staff is how much he's improved as a championship racer," said Rob Hewitt, Earlham's co-head track and field coach. "To score big points, be all-conference, and set the record means so much more to him and our team than for him to go out and simply time trial for it alone."
Scherf helped lead the Earlham men's track and field team to a fourth-place finish at the 2019 HCAC outdoor meet, the program's best finish since joining the conference prior to the 2010 season. In addition to his second-place results in the 10,000m at the 2019 HCAC championships, Scherf also had a third-place showing in the 5000m with a time of 15:19.92.
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