Jaleen Roberts during competition June 17 at the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for Track and Field in Minneapolis. COURTESY PHOTO, Mark Reis/USOPC

Jaleen Roberts during competition June 17 at the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials for Track and Field in Minneapolis. COURTESY PHOTO, Mark Reis/USOPC

Kent’s Roberts makes USA track and field team for Paralympic Games

Will compete in long jump, sprints Aug. 24-Sept. 5 in Tokyo

Kent’s Jaleen Roberts has been chosen to compete for the Team USA track and field team in the Paralympic Games Aug. 24 to Sept. 5 in Tokyo.

This will be the first Paralympic Games for Roberts, a 2017 graduate of Kent-Meridian High School. She is a 2021 graduate of Eastern Washington University in Cheney with a degree in health and physical education.

Roberts, 22, is scheduled to compete in the long jump, 100 meters and 200 meters. She is the 2019 world championship silver medalist in the long jump. She also took a world silver in the long jump in 2017. She earned a gold medal in 2019 in the 4×100 universal relay.

U.S. Paralympics Track and Field announced on June 24 the 26 women who will represent Team USA this summer, following their top performances at the U.S. Paralympic Team Trials in Minneapolis.

Roberts was born with cerebral palsy, a condition caused by a stroke at birth that impairs her muscle coordination, according to Team USA. She was encouraged by her high school coaches to compete in the ambulatory races at the Washington state track and field meet.

Roberts later connected with Teresa Skinner and David Greig, coaches of adaptive sport club ParaSport Spokane who were able to watch her compete. The following year, she became classified and competed at the Desert Challenge games, her first Para track and field competition.

She aspires to become a middle school teacher and wrestling coach. She started wrestling when she was in the eighth grade and competed at the state level for Kent-Meridian. She was one of 16 residents to be appointed in 2014 to the city of Kent’s Parks and Recreation Commission.




Talk to us

Please share your story tips by emailing editor@kentreporter.com.

To share your opinion for publication, submit a letter through our website https://www.kentreporter.com/submit-letter/. Include your name, address and daytime phone number. (We’ll only publish your name and hometown.) Please keep letters to 300 words or less.

More in Sports

t
Kent Reporter Male Athlete of the Week: Tyler Lopez

Lopez is a natural born leader and has a bright future ahead of him.

t
Kent Reporter Female Athlete of the Week: Liliana Delgado Hernandez

Delgado Hernandez has a fearless and positive attitude.

Sophomore Brandon Tagle drives to the hoop in the second half. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Kentwood boys basketball makes state for first time since 2020

Conks needed an extra quarter to get past SPSL champs Sumner on the road.

Royal 165-pound wrestler Jessie Neff pins his opponent early in the tournament. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Wrestling: Kent-Meridian sends eight to state

Royals took second in the district tournament at Todd Beamer.

3A NPSL MVP Jaylen Petty dunks the ball against Lincoln in the first round of the playoffs. Ben Ray / The Reporter
NPSL All League basketball awards announced

Auburn, Kent and Federal Way school districts represented.

t
Kent Reporter Male Athlete of the Week: Zak Strege

Strege is one of the captains of the Kentridge wrestling team and shows what hard work can do.

t
Kent Reporter Female Athlete of the Week: Jayda Sparks

Sparks had two touchdowns and two interceptions for Kentridge flag football team

Ben Ray / The Reporter
Giovanni Mora Zorrilla takes a shot against the Kent-Meridian.
Kent School District and Special Olympics of Washington are perfect match

KSD is striving to have every school be a unified champion.

Courtesy photo
Pictured: Kentlake High School’s cheer team. Kentlake won one category over Gig Harbor and 3A NPSL rival Auburn Riverside in the 3A Game Day Small event. The Falcons scored 77.6 just beating out the Tides, who scored 76.6.
Kentwood and Kentlake win state cheer titles

Cheerleaders bring home some hardware in three different categories.

Kentwood High School’s Sarah Wright and her father, Dan Wright. Courtesy Photo
All the Wright moves: Kentwood senior and father form super combo

Sarah Wright excels on the wrestling mat and the softball diamond - and has the support system to back it up.

Kalia Washington goes up on a fast break lay-up vs. Decatur. Ben Ray / The Reporter
Hoops: Kentridge girls score huge win over Decatur

Chargers now sit in second place in the NPSL behind Tahoma.

Courtesy Photo
Kent Reporter Female Athlete of the Week: Oksana Galiant

Galiant won her first tournament of the season at Fife High School