Do you think our Team NSAF had an outstanding experience at #CSICuba16? They sure did, both on and off the track. Read on to hear about our 2017 CSI!
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Team NSAF is Cuba-bound!
One of the NSAF’s biggest highlights each of the past few years has providing historic opportunities for “rising star” prep track and field athletes to travel to and compete in Cuba! We started our Caribbean Scholastic Invitational in 2006 in Puerto Rico, but in 2015 we had a chance to take Team NSAF to Havana for the first time -- five days that will never be forgotten. We returned last spring and now this week marks our third trip there: #CSICuba17!
Those who traveled with us to Cuba in ’15 and ’16 have continued to excel and achieve, at the World Youth, World Junior, NCAA and even the professional level – including World Junior and Youth Champions and/or national record-setters like new pro Noah Lyles, Anna Cockrell, Marcus Krah, Sophia Rivera, Grant Holloway and Trey Cunningham. The 27 athletes that make up the 2017 squad are well-suited to represent Team NSAF – including NBN champions Jasmine Moore (triple jump), Kyle Garland and Anna Hall (both pentathlon); national leader (300H) Thomas Burns; and numerous NBN All-Americans, state champions and national top 10-ranked performers. Our 2015 Mike Byrnes Coach of the Year – the legendary Carmen Jackson from Miami Northwestern – has joined our staff for this journey.
We will arrive in Havana Wednesday, with Thursday dedicated to a pre-meet practice and sightseeing, then the big 3-day Barrientos Memorial begins Friday! For the first year, we will have athletes entered in the multis (Garland and Hall), and overall this year will be another great opportunity to compete not only against Cuba’s best, but many of the finest Youth and Junior athletes from around the Caribbean.
Countdown is on for 2017 NBNO
If it seems like this year’s epic NBNI went down just a few weeks ago, then take heed: It’s less than a month until the 2017 New Balance Nationals Outdoor, June 16-18, 2017 in Greensboro!
One of the most important things to know is our new registration system for 2017. As mentioned at the top of the newsletter, we are now utilizing Athletic.net. To enter, click HERE; for help and more information, please review the introduction. On the main registration page, either parent or coach may create an account (if you don't already have one) to register the athlete.
We are looking forward to welcoming more than 5,000 athletes, as well as thousands of parents, coaches and fans to Aggie Stadium next month for thrilling, record-breaking sprints, hurdles, distances, relays, jumps, throws, walks and multi-events! We will not soon forget last year’s 25th Anniversary NBNO, which celebrated our quarter-century of NSAF outdoor championships, as well as the legacy of the late NSAF Co-Founder, F. Michael Byrnes.
We witnessed four national records that weekend: Soon-to-be-Olympian Sydney McLaughlin in the 400H (54.46) and in anchoring her Union Catholic, NJ Swedish Medley Relay (2:07.99), Lauren Harris in the 1-Mile Racewalk (6:52.23) and the Ogden, UT boys’ 4x1 Mile Relay (17:04.55). Beyond that, there was the epic Adrian Piperi-Jordan Geist shot put duel, a dominating relay triple by the Nansemond River, VA girls, unforgettable all-time list performances by the likes of putter Alyssa Wilson, sprinters Tyrese Cooper and Champ Allison, triple jumper Jasmine Moore, hurdlers Chanel Brissett and Marcus Krah, distance runners Weini Kelati and Grace Ping, and much more.
Who will create unforgettable memories in 2017?
Complete menu of throws awaits us at Iron Wood!
To say our first Iron Wood Throws Classic in 2016 was a smashing success would be an understatement, so we are thrilled to return to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho again this spring -- this time for a two-day event (June 2-3) that will also include the javelin.
Indeed, a new runway has been constructed at the scenic venue, 30 miles east of Spokane, WA, enabling us to host all four men’s and women’s throws. We are grateful to our hosts, Iron Wood Thrower Development Camp director Jarred Rome and founder Bart Templeman, for making this an outstanding experience for us.
Last summer fans were thrilled by a US-leading boys’ shot put win by 2-time NBNI champ Jordan Geist, World Junior finalist Kiana Phelps’ third straight girls’ discus victory, a deep boys’ discus won by Terrell Adams, and victories among the elites/pros by NSAF alums and soon-to-be Olympians Mason Finley and Conor McCullough. The preps invited to join us this year will again compete side-by-side with many top USATF athletes. The NSAF funds athletes in each event, as we have done since the meet’s origin in the Chicago area (Chicagoland Throws) with former Olympian and Coach Tom Pukstys.
Get ready for another great American JavFest
Registration is open and the schedule is set for the NSAF’s third annual American JavFest, taking place Friday-Sunday, July 7-9, 2017 at East Stroudsburg HS in Pennsylvania. The JavFest is our U.S. version of the Pihtipudas Javelin Carnival in Finland, intended to share the joys of the javelin with throwers of all ages. The unique event allows athletes, coaches and fans of the sport to be fully engaged educationally, socially and competitively.
The JavFest is returning to the 3-day format, just like during our first year in 2015. This will allow more time for our “javelin school;” additional general training, fun and games; and both elite and non-elite prep competition. And, as we’ve had each year, there will be an informative and entertaining roundtable with our world-class coaches and athletes, and the elite men’s and women’s competition that concludes the weekend.