Track & Field and Cross-Country Bulletin for Jan 13, 2018

by Steve Underwood

First Hall of Fame Class to be announced next month, inducted in March!

Our biggest news on the immediate horizon at the NSAF is that we are planning our announcement of the inaugural inductees to the new National High School Track and Field Hall of Fame in less than a month!

The first class of 30 individuals will include many of the greatest athletes, coaches and contributors in prep T&F history -- from more than 100 years ago to the present. To select this "class" we called upon eleven of our great historians and journalists who have spent decades each steadfastly chronicling our sport.

We are planning to announce the names of these track and field legends during Millrose Games (Feb. 3) weekend in New York, with the actual induction ceremony planned for Thursday, March 8 at the New York Athletic Club -- immediately preceding NBNI weekend at The Armory, March 9-11. More details will be announced soon!

Register now for NBNI

Speaking of New Balance Nationals Indoor: In two short months, we anticipate more than 3,500 of the nation's top preps from 40+ states will converge on The Armory for three days of thrilling track and field action. It will be the 20th indoor nationals since the NSAF started its own meet in 1999 and the 8th with our partners from New Balance.

Titles and All-American honors in will be up for grabs in 48 boys' and girls' Championship events, including the new Mixed 4x400 Relay. Many more will compete in 40+ Emerging Elite, Freshman and Junior High events. We couldn't do it without New Balance, plus our other generous sponsors and all of the great staff, officials and volunteers who work tirelessly with us at NBNI every year.

The season is currently in full swing and we've already seen outstanding performances by many returning NBN champions, All-Americans and Team NSAF athletes -- like multi-eventers Kyle Garland and Anna Hall; hurdlers Eric Edwards and Noah Green; jumpers and vaulters like Titiana Marsh, Lanae-Tava Thomas and Erica Ellis; sprinters Brian Herron and Britton Wilson; thrower Gianna Rao; and distance runners like Brodey Hasty, Dalton Hengst and Katelyn Tuohy; and relay powerhouses like Bullis School, Western Branch and East Orange. And that's just to name a few!

Others, like Tyrese Cooper and Armand Duplantis, are just getting their seasons underway. And who knows what emerging stars we'll see this year? REGISTER NOW

One month 'til Dunamis Super Meet!

Meanwhile, indoor track and field is returning to Georgia, thanks to our partnership with Dunamis Sports Group and the Lakepoint Sports Complex. The first Dunamis Super Meet in Atlanta is February 8-11, 2018, at the Lakepoint Champions Center in Emerson, Georgia (35 miles north of Atlanta). We're looking forward to hosting outstanding track and field athletes at every level: Youth, Prep, Collegiate, Open and Masters.

At the prep level, that includes top HS and club athletes from Georgia and neighboring states, as well as prep national champions and/or current U.S. leaders like Kyle Garland, K.C. Lightfoot, Semira Killebrew, Eric Edwards, the relay squads from Western Branch and the throwers of Throw 1 Deep.

LINKS: Register HERE | Check out the SCHEDULE - Day 1 - Day 2 - Day 3 - Day 4 | Everything you need on the MEET HOME PAGE.

Project Triple Jump headed for Chula Vista

As 2018 dawns and the indoor season heats up, the NSAF's Project Triple Jump is ready for its final weekend clinic: training in the warmth of Chula Vista, Calif. January 11-14 at the Olympic Training Center. The Project is looking forward to a return to this outstanding facility for the first time in more than three years and will again have the bounty of learning with Head Coach Peter Pratt, Project Coordinator Macka Jones and Olympian and former world-record holder Willie Banks!

The esteemed group includes seniors Saudia James-Heard, Titiana Marsh and Allyson Weiss, juniors Marcus Floyd and Triston Delicema; and sophomores India Turk, Ty Trinh, Nick Drayden, Malcolm Clemens and Riley Burger -- with Trinh and Delicema already beginning to produce strong results indoors. Check out our Facebook page for training videos and interviews this coming weekend!

NSAF Indoor Select Meets begin next week

The NSAF Select Meet program connects the NSAF with some of the nation's most outstanding indoor and outdoor invitational meets.  The NSAF works with meet organizers to provide travel grants to select individuals and teams, giving them an opportunity for elite competition as they prepare for NBN championships and/or Team USA berths for international Youth and Junior events.  Below are the events coming up this winter.

VA Showcase, Liberty U., Lynchburg VA (Jan. 19-20) RHFitPro HS Elite Invite, JDL Fast Track, Winston-Salem NC (Jan. 26-27)  Nike Boise Indoor, Jacksons Track, Ford Arena, Boise ID (Feb. 2-3)  Simplot Games, Holt Arena, Pocatello ID (Feb. 15-17) UKentucky HS Invitational, Nutter Arena, Lexington KY (Feb. 17)


Apply now for Tony Wells Development Grant

There's still time for high school track teams and clubs to apply for the NSAF’s Tony Wells Team/Club Development Grant, awards for which typically range from $300 to $1,000. The application deadline is January 15, 2018. These grants are designed to help with purchases of equipment, facility repair and restoration, meeting the needs of student-athletes and much more. We encourage teams and clubs from around the country to apply, especially from states affected  by natural distasters -- like the fires in California, and the hurricanes and floods in Texas and Florida. The awardees will be notified no later than February 1, 2018.

APPLY HERE |  Read about the NSAF grant program and the legendary Coach Tony Wells HERE



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