The World Youth Championships in Athletics continues through Sunday in Donetsk, Ukraine. Team USA has continued to amaze us here with several personal bests and outstanding performances. Our first gold medal came from our NBNO 100 and 200 meter champion, Ky Westbrook in the 100 meters. The meet marks the first time we've had two boys qualify for finals in the 1500 meters to be run later on Sunday.
Other noteable performances include a #2 All-Time triple jump by NSAF Triple Jump Performance Program member & NBNI and NBNO winner, Keturah Orji (44-11 just off the national high school record).
See who also snared medals for Team USA. Follow our summaries of each day's events by Jim Spier posted after the morning and evening sessions on our meet webpage and our FaceBook page and Twitter are updated continuously with photos, stories, and video interviews.
Stevie U joins Team NSAF We are extremely pleased to announce that Steve Underwood will be joining our NSAF crew starting in August. Steve has covered prep track and field and cross-country for DyeStat since 2000, the last eight years as a senior editor and editor-in-chief -- the latter since John Dye retired and Runnerspace.com acquired DyeStat late last year. He has been working in sports media, both print and online, for nearly 20 years overall. Steve estimates he has covered more than 20 NSAF events. "I'm excited to be working for an organization which I've admired since the first NSAF meet I attended 12 years ago," he says. Steve will be traveling to Medellin, Colombia in August to cover the Pan American Juniors as one of his first major assignments.
The Cedric Walker Development Grant A visit to our Grants Page may be well worth your while. We are accepting applications for the Cedric Walker Development Grant which will be awarded in September. Deadline for application is September 1st. The grant is a major part of the continuing legacy of Cedric Walker who passed away earlier this year.
New Balance Nationals Outdoor Wrapup One more huge shout out to all of our sponsors, athletes, coaches, fans, staff, officials and volunteers. What a meet!! Visit our statistical page for the meet records, all-time lists and other stats. Special thanks to our partner, New Balance! All-American Certificates are being emailed to recipients. If you have not received yours by July 19th please drop us an email.
The Great American Track Camps July 27-28 and July 29-August 2nd presented by Coach Lisa Morgan. Special clinicians include Olympians Jackie Joyner Kersee and Sharrieffa Barksdale. Register now and receive a special discount.
Our friends at the Running Summit are offering two coaches clinics in August and September in New Jersey and California. More details on their website.
Registration will be open this week for the first of our Kultan Keihas (Javelin Gold) Performance Clinics October 17-20. Finland's National Coach, Kari Ihalainen will return to join Jeff Gorski and Olympic medliast, Bill Schmidt for this exceptional clinic in Chapel Hill, NC. A second clinic is scheduled for December 27-30 with Finland's National Junior coach and 1991 World Champion, Kimmo Kinnunen
The NSAF is looking for the male and female sophomore javelin thrower who has the most potential to be national class. Be on the lookout for an NSAF application to be in the running to be selected to be part of the Kultan Keihas Javelin project. The athletes selected will be part of the project and will have their way paid to the two domestic javelin clinics (Oct and Dec) and be part of the team that is taken to Finland next June-July for immersion in the javelin culture and high intensity training and competition.