It’s time to mark your calendar for the 2016 Caribbean Scholastic Invitational!
The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation and Team NSAF – expected to again be 28-strong – will return to Havana on May 27-28, following the extremely successful and historic first running of the meet this past June in the Cuban capital. The majority of Team NSAF athletes – generally underclassmen – will be chosen at New Balance Nationals Indoor. Early outdoor results will be considered for some selections, as well. The NSAF started the meet in 2006 and was held for 8 years in Puerto Rico before the first running in Havana last year.
Two new developments promise to make the 2016 CSI extra special. First, the track at Estadio Panamericano will be resurfaced for the meet. Second, the meet will be held this year in conjunction with the Barrientos Memorial, the long-running elite-level invitational held annually in the late spring.
The Barrientos Memorial has often seen some of the year’s best performances; this past May, for example, IAAF World Championships triple jump silver medalist Pedro Pablo Pichardo leapt 59-4, the #2 mark of the year globally behind Christian Taylor’s WC-winning and American record 59-9.
The NSAF also announced that it will host a quartet of top Cuban high-school-age athletes at both the NBNI and NBNO championships.