Petersmeyer Coaches High Jumper To Gold At Para Athletics Championships
Aug. 2, 2017
San José State University’s women’s track & field season came to an end in mid-June, but a golden summer was just ramping up for Director of Cross Country and Track & Field Jeff Petersmeyer.
Petersmeyer took off for London as an assistant coach for Team USA at the 2017 World Para Athletics Championships and came back with gold.
The eighth edition of the games took place July 14-23 featuring more than 1,300 athletes representing 100 countries. The Para Athletics Championships have taken place every four years dating back to 1994.
Petersmeyer assisted with all of the jumpers and sprinters for Team USA, which finished in second place with a record 59 medals. Roderick Townsend-Roberts, whom Petersmeyer actively coaches, won a gold medal in the high jump. Townsend-Roberts, currently an assistant track & field coach at Northern Arizona University, is also the world record holder in his class in the high jump.
"It was a great experience to represent the USA and work with so many athletes with amazing stories,” Petersmeyer said. “Returning to London five years after being there to coach in the 2012 Olympics was special. The city supports the Paralympic movement like no other!"
Petersmeyer is now back at campus training the Spartans jumpers and multi-athletes, gearing up for the 2017-18 track & field season.