Track & Field and Cross-Country Bulletin for Mar 26, 2018

by Steve Underwood

NBNI Girls' Athlete of the Meet Tia Jones nips Grace Stark in the 60m hurdles with one of the meet's most thrilling finishes. Photo by John Nepolitan,

Another sizzling NBNI weekend!

4 National Records! 16 Meet Records! 11 Class Records! 7 Armory Records!

Stellar competition all weekend long. Nearly 40 records and many more near-records. Three thrilling days of watching the nation’s best runners, jumpers, vaulters, throwers and walkers. Yes, we had it all during our 2018 New Balance Nationals Indoor, March 9-11 – the 35th indoor championships we have hosted since 1983. More than 3,500 athletes from 44 states (+DC), 5 Canadian provinces and Germany owned the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory during March 9-11 – and four National Records, 16 Meet Records, 11 national Class Records and seven Armory Records were established in the Championship, Emerging Elite, Freshman and (new in 2018) Junior High and Mixed categories!

Just as impressive, in some cases, were those who just missed records – such as Anthony Schwartz and Tia Jones coming within a few hundredths (see below) of sprint and hurdle marks; a boys’ pole vault with two 18-footers for the first time; and a DMR with a best-ever three teams at 10-flat or better.

We are most grateful for our outstanding partners at New Balance –celebrating our 8th indoor nationals with them – for working with us all year to fashion another breathtaking NBNI. Thanks also to our great Presenting Sponsors at Eastbay. We hope you enjoyed what New Balance and Eastbay had to offer in their respective stores and booths and checked out their apparel, footwear and much more.


We’re also filled with gratitude for our staff, officials and volunteers who serve with us during this wonderful event with us all weekend long. And a huge thanks to our partners at, who produced another super webcast, web site and library of videos and photos. Some key links: | FULL RESULTS | NBNI Home | Interviews on NSAF Facebook.

Headliners and Highlights


More to watch and read

We hope you downloaded our new NSAF Race Day app during the NBNI weekend! To review the thrilling weekend’s races, field events, results, Sunday interviews and much more, get the app on iTunes or Google Play by searching for NSAF Race Day – or go to

The following individuals received the following annual NSAF awards at our NBNI Opening Ceremonies Sunday. Please read about them in our NBNI meet program, which includes stories about our new National HS T&F Hall of Fame and much more!

Thanks for the support

In addition to New Balance and Eastbay, the meet wouldn’t have been the same without all of our other great partners and sponsors. We’ve been grateful to have Gatorade on board; this was their first NBNI with us. They joined us last spring as our Official Sports Fuel Provider.

We hope our NBNI relay champions all enjoyed the special batons at the awards from our Official Baton Suppliers at, and that all of the relay entrants liked the custom batons in their packets, as well!

And did you make it to the trackside Recovery Zone, sponsored by ROLL Recovery, and try out their outstanding products?  Or did you check out Elliptigo’s booth nearby and give their amazing elliptical bicycle a spin?  You can learn more at the websites linked above.

Also, did you see the smartphone cameras at some of the field event venues? Vulcam offers the revolutionary floating viewpoint and multi smartphone video capture, wireless video transfers and a simple intuitive interface to help coaches and athletes analyze movement in track and field events.

Thanks to our Official Bib Printer, Athlete Race Numbers. Meet Directors, check out their site for your own meets and use the handy NSAF16 code to receive a discount.

We also offer big thanks to the sponsors and supporters below:



30 welcomed into Nat’l HS Track and Field Hall of Fame!

We were thrilled on the eve of the 2018 NBNI to welcome 30 inaugural inductees into our new National High School Track and Field Hall of Fame. Thanks to the planning and event execution of NSAF board members Josh Rowe, Tracy Sundlun and many others, a wonderful dinner and ceremony was held at the New York Athletic Club. Thanks to the stellar efforts of the NSAF’s Kristi Rieger and others, many attendees overcome storm-related travel challenges.

With introductions from Ian Brooks, those gathered got to meet and enjoy acceptance speeches from living inductees like recent stars Allyson Felix and Alan Webb; legends from the 70s like Michael Carter, Renaldo Nehemiah and Gerry Lindgren; and coaches and contributors like Don Norford, John Dye and Ed Grant. As for inductees no longer with us, family members joined us to express gratitude and share wonderful memories, like Joe Newton’s son Tom, Bob Mathias’ daughter Romel, Steve Prefontaine’s sister Linda, Jesse Owens’ granddaughter Gina Strachan and Kim Gallagher’s mother Barbara.

Adding tremendously to the ceremony were video introductions produced by Rich Jayne for the NSAF, including rare video and photos, as well as interviews with living inductees or families. Especially appreciated were recorded acceptances from Jim Ryun, Mary Slaney and Dallas Long, all of whom were unable to join us in person.

You can see the entire ceremony or any acceptance speech and video on!

We are also grateful for the 11 members of the induction committee who represent many of the finest journalists, statisticians and officials in the sport: Dave Johnson, Walt Murphy, Marc Bloom, Jack Pfeifer, Jack Shepard, Mike Kennedy, Bob Jarvis, Joe Lanzalotto, Marjorie Larney, Tracy Sundlun and Jim Spier. We all look forward to next year’s nominations, inductions and ceremony!


Registration open for NBNO

Registration is already open for our 28th New Balance Nationals Outdoor, set for June 15-17, 2018 at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, NC – on the campus of North Carolina A&T State University. We expect more than 5,000 athletes will be joining us and we hope you will too! REGISTER HERE. For those interested in the Mixed gender 4x400 relay that debuted at NBNI, stay tuned to the NBNO Home Page for a special registration link.


NSAF Outdoor Select Meets begin this weekend

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 spring.

Chandler Rotary Invite, AZ (Mar 23-24) Arcadia Invite, CA (Apr 5-7)  Mobile Challenge of Champions, AL (Apr 6-7)  Bojangles T&F Classic, SC (Apr 13-14) Bullis Bulldog Invitational (Apr 14) Howard Wood Dakota Relays, SD  (May 4-5)  Great Southwest Classic, NM (May 31-Jun 2) Great American Track & Field Classic, TX (Jun 7-9)




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