Susannah Scaroni, a former Carroll College student, placed fourth in the wheelchair event at the New York City Marathon recently. The 23-year old paraplegic traversed the 18-mile course in 1 hour, 58 minutes, 16 seconds, despite battling a loose wheel over the last stages of the race.
"It was pretty miraculous, I'm very grateful that it stayed on," Scaroni wrote on her Facebook wall on Sunday. "It's barely pushable through the airport today, so yesterday was truly a blessing."
A two-time Paralympian, Scaroni has won both the Los Angeles and Twin Cities Marathons twice, and made the Boston Marathon podium in 2014 with a fourth-place finish. She placed eighth at the 2012 London Paralympic Marathon, and this past summer, Scaroni finished runner-up at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Paralympics Marathon.
Originally from Tekoa, Washington, Scaroni attended Carroll College from 2009-10, before studying at the University of Champagne-Illinois. Her passion for sports nutrition led her to a degree in dietetics, and for the past two years, she has worked with the U.S. Olympic Committee, advising and monitoring athletes on hydration, nutrition and changes in body weight.