Track & Field and Cross-Country Bulletin for Mar 08, 2016

by Joy Kamani

New Balance Nationals Indoors - March 11-13, 2016

It's NB Nationals Weekend!

The 17th New Balance Nationals Indoor (NBNI), our renowned championships for the country’s best preps, will again be held at the Fort Washington Armory in New York City, Friday-Sunday, March 11-13, 2016.  Entries for the meet are tracking to be close to 4,000 athletes coming from more than 40 states, Canada, the Caribbean and Cuba.  

Special thanks to the absolute best partner we could wish for -- our friends at New Balance for working with us to make this the most fantastic weekend of high school track and field ever, to Eastbay. our Presenting Sponsor and all of those who work tirelessly for us here at the NSAF throughout the weekend.  

U.S.-leading preps in all but one event and scores of other nationally-ranked standouts will be looking to run, hurdle, jump, throw and walk their way to titles in 94 boys’ and girls’ Championship, Emerging Elite and Freshman events.  Seventeen athletes which have already represented Team USA in World Junior, World Youth and Youth Olympic championships will be on hand, as will more than two dozen previous New Balance National indoor or outdoor individual champions.

Every event and athlete is special at NBNI, but here are some athletes, events and storylines to pay particularly close attention to this weekend! Check them out on our website.

Finally, make sure you keep up with the schedule.  There have been changes today (March 7) in the times of Friday's and Saturday's running events.  Save this schedule link for reference!


Stay With the Action- There are lots of ways to follow this weekend's New Balance Nationals Indoor -- our 7th indoor nationals since we started our partnership with New Balance and 24th we've been involved with since 1983.

Here are some links:

Four Cuban athletes competing at NBNI!

One of the most exciting things about this year's New Balance Nationals Indoor is that the Cuban athletics federation has sent four outstanding high-school age athletes to compete with us here in New York.  All four competed with our Team NSAF athletes at last year's Caribbean Scholastic Invitational in Cuba and represented their nation at the 2015 IAAF World Youth Championships in Cali, Columbia.  They are:

Read more about the Cuban athletes and our 2016 CSI meet (May 27-28) in our NBNI program at the meet or check this out HERE.

We are planning to hold a press conference with the Cuban athletes at 11:30 am Saturday in the theater room at The Armory.  All media, CSI alums and athletes, coaches and families interested in competing at CSI are welcome to attend.


Opening Ceremonies

Tribute to NSAF Co-Founder Mike Byrnes -- This is our first NBN meet since our NSAF co-founder Michael Byrnes passed away at his home in Virginia this past December 26.  Mike and Jim Spier, having worked together since the late 1970s, founded the NSAF in 1989 and everything we've been able to do together since then has so much to do with all of the great qualities he brought to our organization.  We hope you'll check out the cover story tribute to Mike in our NBNI meet program if you are with us in New York and, in either case, check out the wonderful tribute from Gordon Peterson -- one of his former athletes at Wantagh HS in New York -- HERE on our website. 

Four NSAF honorees -- We are thrilled to present at NBNI Sunday the following individuals with these respective annual NSAF awards:


News You Can Use

Backpacks- Every athlete who competes in the Championship and Emerging Elite divisions will receive a souvenir backpack- the most coveted backpacks in track and field!  However, anyone in the Championship Division who paid after February 22  may not get a championship bag and may get an Emerging Elite bag instead.  Those in the Championship Division who paid after March 3  will get an Emerging Elite bag.  All Super Late entries will get an Emerging Elite bag regardless of whether they are in the Championship or Emerging Elite Division.

Waivers  ALL athletes must sign a Waiver and Release form in order to pick up their packets at the meet. Please read the instructions carefully, download and sign the Waiver and bring it with you to the meet.

Bio Cards- There's more to you than your race or field event.  Fill out your Bio Card and let our announcers know just what makes you You.  But, you must get your card submitted by 11 pm EST on March 8th.


Be sure to pick up a copy of our NBNI Meet Magazine.  Its filled with interesting stories, profiles of our honorees, historical statistics of the meet through time and a very special tribute to one of our founders and legendary New York coach, Mike Byrnes, who passed away late last year.  Mike helped shape the lives of countless athletes and provided the vision of our organization.  We hope you'll take the time to read more about his amazing life.


NBNI Presenting Sponsor, Eastbay will be on-site with a Scan And Score Challenge and Daily Gear Grab Sweepstakes. Register to compete in the challenge at or on the 4th floor of The Armory when you arrive at NBNationals. What’s on the line? A huge grand prize you don’t want to miss.

And there's more cool stuff... Personalize your backpack, use our geo-tag filter on your SnapChat posts


Staying hydrated is easy at NBNI with water and sports performance beverages from NY Spring Water, the Official Hydration Provider of the NBNI.  We'll have a variety of NY Spring Water products which will be available in our Medical Area, including the company's signature Spring Water and AQUA 84. Stay hydrated throughout the weekend.


This year's NBNI competition bibs are provided by Athlete Race Numbers, the Official Bib Printer of the NSAF.  Meet Directors- be sure to check them out for your own meets and use the handy NSAF16 code to receive a discount.



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2016 NSAF Select Meets

The NSAF supports several national calibre meets around the country by providing travel grants to athletes generally selected by the meet directors who may, for example, want to highlight a particular event such as the mile or hurdles. 

Select Meets upcoming shortly after NBNI  are the Chandler Rotary Invitational in Phoeniz, AZ, March 18-19, Mobile Challenge of Champions, April 1-2, Arcadia Invitational, Arcadia, CA, April 7-9, and the Taco Bell Classic, Columbia, SC, April 8-9.  The NSAF will also provide meet previews, full coverage, interviews, photo galleries and more on our website and social media. 




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