Rachel Morrison, 29, from Farmington Hills was selected on Sunday as one of 26 women to compete in the Rio Paralympics for the U.S. Paralympic Track & Field team.
The Harrison High and Oakland University graduate played a number of sports before she was paralyzed by a rare disease in 2012. She now lives in Spokane Valley, Wash.
Morrison earned her spot on the US team for RIO by winning the F51 discuss and finishing second in the club throw at the recent U.S. Paralympic Track & Field Team Trials in Charlotte, N.C.
Morrison won the discus with a throw of 12.28 meters (40’-3½”) and finished a close second in the club throw with a toss of 19.52 meters (64’-½”).
Morrison is the 2015 IPC Athletics World Champion in the discus.