Noelle Lambert Sets U.S. Record in Tokyo Paralympics


Noelle Lambert, the former UMass Lowell lacrosse player, just made history.

Lambert, who lost her left leg in a moped accident in 2016, captured the attention of the lacrosse world when she returned to the field and scored a goal in April 2018. Just three years later, she took the Tokyo Paralympic Games by storm. 

Running in the T63 category — a classification based on the athletes’ level of impairment that featured above-knee amputees — Lambert finished in sixth place Saturday morning with a time of 15.97 seconds. That set a U.S. women’s record in the 100-meter T-63.

She qualified for the U.S. Paralympic Track and Field team by running a 16.33 in the women’s 100-meter dash at trials June 18 in Minneapolis.

Lambert told Sheehan Stanwick Burch on “The Stick Drop” podcast that she’s come a long way since competing in her first major event — where she set a U.S. record time of 16.31 seconds at the 2019 World Para Athletics championship.

“Two years ago, it was just me and [Scout Bassett] competing for above-knee amputees,” she said. “Now, going into trials, there were five of us. I want to be running against people that will make me go faster. I’m always psyched to see new people coming in because I was that person. I was known as a lacrosse athlete going into my first event. I looked like a lacrosse athlete.”

You can listen to the full episode here.

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