Track & Field and Cross-Country Bulletin for Jan 28, 2017

by Steve Underwood

Project Javelin Gold is once again thrilled to be in Baton Rouge! For more scroll down below.

6 weeks and counting ‘til 2017 New Balance Nationals Indoor

Starting to get excited about the 2017 New Balance Nationals Indoor yet?  How could you not, given that we’ve already seen national records this winter from previous NBN champions and All-Americans like shot putter Jordan Geist, vaulter Armand Duplantis, sprinter Tyrese Cooper, long-sprinter/distance runner Sammy Watson and the Lake Braddock, VA girls’ DMR

Or the “not if, but when” record-breaking potential of putter Alyssa Wilson, distance runner Kate Murphy, sprinter/hurdler Sydney McLaughlin and walker Lauren Harris
Or potential showdowns between hurdlers Trey Cunningham and Cory Poole?  Or the 4x200 teams of Imhotep PA, Western Branch VA and Bullis MD?  Or half-milers Brandon McGorty and Cameron Cooper?  Or jumpers Jasmine Moore and Tara Davis

So if you haven’t already, register NOW for the March 10-12, 2017 New Balance Nationals Indoor at The Armory Track and Field Center!  You don’t want to miss it!  NBNI was fantastic again in 2016, with 11 national records set, plus 16 national class records and 35 meet records.  Please check out the following links and good luck with your seasons.  See you in New York!

Links: Register for 2017 NBNI  |  Entry Guidelines  |  More event links  |  2016 Results.


Big slate of NSAF Select Meets for 2017

The first NSAF Select Meet for 2017, the VA Showcase at the new indoor track and field facility at Liberty U. in Virginia, will not soon be forgotten.  It featured national records by Tyrese Cooper in the boys’ 300 and Lake Braddock, VA in the girls’ DMR, and a slew of other nation-leading marks – some of which also revised the all-time lists | Check out interviews and more on Facebook.

There are four more NSAF Select Meets this winter: The David Oliver Invitational on the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, NC this weekend; the Idaho 1-2 punch of the New Balance Boise Indoor on Feb. 3-4, followed by the inimitable Simplot Games in Pocatello on Feb. 16-18; and the U. of Kentucky HS Invitational, which draws well from both the north and south.

Then in the spring regular season it will be the Chandler (AZ) Rotary Invite and the Arcadia Invitational (CA) in the Southwest/West; the Bojangles Classic (SC) and Mobile Challenge of Champions (AL) in the Southeast; the Howard Wood Dakota Relays (SD) in the Heartland; and the Bullis Bulldog Invitational (MD) in the Northeast.  Finally, we’re also supporting in the post-season the Atlanta Georgia Relays International and the Great Southwest Classic (NM).  Check back each month for more event links and coverage.  


Project Javelin Gold descends on LSU

The NSAF's Project Javelin Gold is thrilled to have returned to Louisiana State U. in Baton Rouge this weekend (January 26-29) for its winter clinic – the second consecutive year we will have trained at Bernie Moore Stadium.  Along with the eight Project athletes, more than 25 other throwers are on hand, including Olympic Trials finalists Kim Hamilton (adding to the coaching staff) and Tim VanLiew.  Our staff of elite coaches also includes Project co-founder Jeff Gorski; Olympians Tom Putskys and Duncan Atwood; and our friend and local-coach-on-the-ground, Rob Woosley.  And, once again, the NSAF’s internationally renowned sports psychologist Dr. Margaret Ottley will give a presentation.

We are thrilled with our 2016-17 Project roster, which first trained as a full group at East Stroudsburg last September.  It includes newcomers Ty Hampton (North Bend (OR) HS soph), Gavin Darcy (Dunmore (PA) HS junior), Joe Nizich (Central Catholic HS (OR) frosh), Lillian Hill (North East HS (PA) junior) and Skylar Ciccolini (Mifflin HS (PA) soph), and returnees Liam Christiansen (Academic Magnet HS (SC) senior), Roman Mitchell (Southeast Raleigh HS (NC) junior) and Meghan Owens (Mercer County HS (KY) soph).

Links:  Project Javelin Gold home page  |  Interviews and training videos on our Facebook page.

Olympian homecoming highlights Project Triple Jump’s Florida clinic

Meanwhile, the NSAF’s Project Triple Jump just two weeks ago completed its long-awaited winter clinic – highlighted by a presentation from Project alum and 2016 Olympic finalist Keturah Orji!  The 2014 grad, now a U. of Georgia junior, had an unforgettable season last year, highlighted by an American record and 4th-place finish in Rio – the highest-ever placing by a USA female triple jumper in Olympic history.  She has also won three NCAA titles in the TJ.

It was an outstanding weekend overall in Ft. Lauderdale, with the Project athletes and a large handful of others working out at the outstanding Carter Park and St. Thomas Aquinas HS facilities with Coaches Peter Pratt and Macka Jones, as well as Dr. Ottley.  The athletes included newcomers Koi Johnson (Dickinson HS (TX) soph) and India Turk (Howard HS (GA) freshman), and returnees Arielle Mack (El Paso Burges HS (TX) senior), Jalen Seals (Fort Worth Boswell HS (TX) senior), Allyson Weiss (East Ridge HS (MN) junior), Marcus Floyd (Middleburg HS (FL) soph) and Saudia James-Heard (Curtis HS (WA) junior).

Links:  Triple Jump Clinic home page  |  Facebook Photo Gallery  |  Keturah Orji presentation: Part IIIIIIIVV (about 3:00 each).


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