Track & Field and Cross-Country Bulletin for Aug 22, 2017

by Steve Underwood


Sioux Falls Project TJ/Jav Clinic with Sanford Health a huge success!

Our Project Triple Jump and Project Javelin Gold convened last weekend for an historic joint clinic in Sioux Falls -- held with our new partner, Sanford Health -- and suffice it to say that the several dozen participants came away dazzled, exhilarated and enriched with a battery of physical and mental training tools to launch the 2017-18 campaign.

Some of the many highlights:

More details in clinic preview and recap stories

Thanks to Sanford, our coaches and the NSAF staff -- especially Sioux Falls-based Director of Special Projects Kristi Rieger -- who all made last weekend a massive success.

If you enjoyed last weekend's clinic, or want to see what it's all about, register now for our upcoming clinics: Project Triple Jump in the Bahamas or Project Javelin in East Stroudsburg, PA. Our Project TJ will also be returning stateside for a clinic at IMG Academy in Florida (details coming soon).

GAXC just seven weeks away!

Don't look now, but cross-country season is already here and this year's Great American Cross Country Festival and Shumake/Walker HBCU Challenge -- set for Saturday, October 7, 2017 at WakeMed Soccer Park in Cary, N.C. -- is less than 7 weeks away | REGISTER NOW

We were thrilled last year to partner with Nike for the event and this meet will again serve as the Official NXN Southeast Pre-Regional Meet. The 2017 NXN Southeast Regional will be held at WakeMed on Saturday, November 25, 2017.

The performances at last year's GAXC and HBCU Challenge were outstanding, highlighted by a thrilling individual dual in the Nike Boys Race of Champions, as Brodey Hasty (14:32.2) and DJ Principe (14:32.4) both smashed the course record. The team title in that race went to St. Xavier HS (KY), while the Girls Nike ROC winners were Kate Murphy (17:11.8) and Blacksburg HS (VA).

In the Shumake/Walker HBCU Challenge, the men's champions were North Carolina A&T State and Trey Simons of Morehouse (24:47.2), while Hampton U. and Darroneisha Lott of Coker College (18:37.0) were the women's champions.


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3rd American JavFest goes big

The 3rd American JavFest in East Stroudsburg, PA -- held July 7-9, 2017 and expanded back to three full days -- was a huge success with super competition on Sunday bringing the weekend to a worthy climax.

Many of the men's and women's elites were searching for IAAF World Champs qualifiers post-USATF and Cyrus Hostetler thrilled the crowd with his two throws beyond the 83.00(272-3) standard and his victory. Women's winner Ariana Ince missed her qualifier by an agonizing 2cm, but still became the 7th U.S. 200-footer ever and would make it to London anyway.

Meanwhile, the high-schoolers -- namely NSAF Project Javelin throwers -- produced fireworks of their own. Roman Mitchell led five at 195 ft. or better with his PR 207-6, while Dana Baker outthrew NSAF teammate Skylar Ciccolini, 169-2 to 162-6.

FULL RESULTS and detailed highlights

Of course the JavFest also included great clinics and discussions, led by the Project's coaches, as well as a sports psychology session by Dr. Margaret Ottley.

East Stroudsburg-based coach Barry Krammes and the NSAF want to thank profoundly the following sponsors who helped make the American JavFest possible:




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