Akeem Lindo and East Orange HS (NJ) outlean Thomas Burns and Miami Northwestern HS (FL) in an unforgettable NBNO 4x400 finish, 3:11.69 to 3:11.71, to cap off the 2017 meet Sunday. Photo by Walter Pinion.
Memorable moments at the 2017 NBNO!
When you have thunderstorms forecast for each day of a New Balance Nationals Outdoor championship – and you don’t end up with a single rain delay – you know that’s a really good sign. And indeed, the 27th edition of NBNO was wonderful from start to finish – that is, from the 3,000-meter race walk freshman class record by Taylor Ewert Friday morning to start the meet, to the thrilling 4x400-meter relay finales as Bullis MD and East Orange NJ completed their indoor/outdoor “doubles.”
Despite some tightening of standards and entry limits, we welcomed more than 5,100 athletes to Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, N.C. June 16-18 – Father’s Day weekend – from 45 states, DC, Canada, Mexico and Germany.
Thanks to our wonderful partners and sponsors (scroll down), there were so many great things to see, do and try, along with the action on the track and in the field. This was our 8th year with New Balance as our meet partner and we’re so grateful to them and Eastbay (see below), our presenting sponsor, for providing pillars of support to our efforts.
A huge part of what made this NBNO better than ever was the introduction of our new RaceDay App. The event details, instant results, live streaming and event videos – among other features – created a whole new way to follow the meet for athletes, families, coaches, friends, fans, etc. There were more than 3,222 downloads of the app off Google Play and The App Store, more than 21,000 sessions and more than 300,000 screen views! Look for the RaceDay App at more NSAF events and other meets in the future!
In reviewing and remembering this outstanding edition of the championships, you may want to check out our NBNO All-American shoutout and our Meet Stats page, which analyzes the statistics and history of the meet in almost every possible fashion. You may also want to check out these Meet LINKS: COMPLETE RESULTS | Event-by-Event Results | NBNationals.com: Main Page - Video Page - Photo Page | NSAF Facebook Page | NSAF Twitter Feed.
We saw 3 national records, 4 national class records and 30 meet records (13 Championship, 15 Emerging Elite, 2 Freshman). Here are some of the biggest highlights:
National relay record trio: Medleys and Shuttles
- Union Catholic HS (NJ) broke the 1,000m Swedish Medley girls’ HSR for the 3rd straight year (4th straight victory) – all with Sydney McLaughlin on the anchor. This time, McLaughlin split 49.85 – believed to be fastest 400 leg ever by prep in any event – for come-from-behind 2:05.93 win as first four teams beat previous record. McLaughlin later won her 4th straight 400H title with history’s #3 performance at 54.22 and completed NBN career with 13 championship rings.
- Not to be outdone, the Parkview Express (Parkview HS, GA) boys followed with their own 1k Swedish Med record, hitting 1:52.39. The team would go on to win the 4x100 and 4x200 for a stellar sprint relay triple.
- The Western Branch HS (VA) girls smashed their own 4x100m Shuttle Hurdle standard from ’15, clocking 55.06 to win their 5th straight title.
New Balance Athletes of the Meet
Senior throwers Jordan Geist (Knoch HS, PA) and Alyssa Wilson (Donovan Catholic HS, NJ) added to their tremendous legacies with four combined victories and two runner-up finishes. Geist smashed the shot put meet record with 76-0, #3 all-time; stunned with a 30-plus-foot PR and US#1 238-9 to win the hammer; and was 2nd in the discus. SP indoor/outdoor national-record-holder Wilson erased a 20-year-old discus meet record at 179-7, defended her shot title and was 2nd in the hammer. Full Story
4 Stellar Class Records
- Sophomore – Jasmine Moore (Lake Ridge HS, TX) 43-7.25 triple jump (#7 all-time) to defend her title and 3rd NBN crown overall.
- Sophomore – Tia Jones (Walton HS, GA) 13.03 100m hurdles to reclaim title she won in ’15 and beat ’16 champ Chanel Brissett.
- Freshman – Jenna Rogers (Rutherford HS, NJ) 6-0.75 to beat her PR by more than 4” and top defending champ Jelena Rowe.
- Freshman – Taylor Ewert (Beavercreek HS, OH) 14:24.63 3k racewalk to win 1st title offered in new NBN event.
More outstanding performances
- Bullis HS (MD) girls swept 4x100, 4x200 and 4x400 relays, including US#1 44.88 (#6 all-time) and with two epic anchors by frosh Shaniya Hall.
- Motor City TC (MI) took a 1,600 SMR thriller in 3:20.25, #2 all-time and with a 1:47.79 anchor by Cameron Cooper.
- Wildcat TC (Shoreham-Wading River, NY) ran 20:00.59 4x1M relay (#4 all-time) after 8:51.43 4x8 win the night before – with Katherine Lee providing stellar 4:48.65 and 2:04.56 anchors.
- Tyrese Cooper (MGX TC, FL) doubled the 200 (20.99) and 400 (45.45), duplicating his NBNI feat and giving him six NBN crowns through his sophomore year.
- Sammy Watson (Rush-Henrietta HS, NY) won her 4th NBN 800 title (2:05.70), ending her career with eight individual and relay rings overall.
- Symone Mason (South Dade Express, FL) tied the meet record in the 100 (11.27), ran on the winning 800 SMR (1:41.17, #3 all-time), and ran a 51.45 anchor split on runner-up Swedish Med – fastest NBN relay 400 ever by someone not named Sydney.
- The East Orange HS (NJ) won 4x110m shuttle hurdles in 56.58 (#4 all-time) and a meet-ending 4x400 thriller in 3:11.69 to duplicate their NBNI feat. The latter came despite a 44.58 anchor by Thomas Burns for Miami Northwestern – thought to be #3 400 leg ever. Burns earlier won the 400H in 50.63 in his first race ever at the distance.
Photos by Walter Pinion, Ross Dettman (for NBNationals.com) and Vic Sailer, Photorun.net
NBNO Honorees: Alton Tyre and Eric Merriweather
Alton Tyre, head T&F coach at Southeast Guilford HS in N.C. and Eric Merriweather, head coach of Sprint Athletics and founder of the AAAG, Inc., were given special awards during the Opening Ceremonies at NBNO. First, Alton Tyre was named the Mike Byrnes Coach of the Year and presented his plaque by Kevin Tumey and Steven Hayden. Then Eric Merriweather was presented with the John Chaplin Honorary Referee award by Jim Spier. Check out the full stories online: Coach of the Year Alton Tyre | Honorary Referee Eric Merriweather.
Photos by Walter Pinion.
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Gratitude for more of our many partners and sponsors!
We were glad to have a number of returning partners and sponsors with us this year in Greensboro:
RelayBatons.com is our Official Baton Supplier and their special batons were presented to Championship relay winners during the award ceremonies. They also offered a booth for teams to create their own personalized relay batons. ROLL Recovery again sponsored their Recovery Zone at NBNO, where athletes were able to stretch and roll out before, after, or between races and field events -- as well as signing up for giveaways and purchasing products at special discounted event pricing. Our competition bibs were provided by Athlete Race Numbers, the Official Bib Printer of the NSAF -- and creator of our fabulous new record banners at NBNI. Meet Directors, be sure to check out Athlete Race Numbers for your own meets and use the handy NSAF16 code to receive a discount.
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We also welcomed our new partners from the Sanford Sports Science Institute (SSSI), now our exclusive national sports medicine research partner. Sanford Health – an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas – will conduct research in conjunction with the NSAF to help with the development of future Olympic and World Championship hopefuls, starting with a special combined Project Javelin Gold and Project Triple Jump clinic August 10-13 at Howard Wood Field in Sioux Falls. The clinic will be open to any interested athletes and coaches.
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We were thankful at New Balance Nationals Outdoor to have a chance to partner with the new feature film, 1 Mile to You, based on the acclaimed high school running novel Life at These Speeds by Jeremy Jackson.
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