The NSAF is thrilled to announce its 28-member team of student-athletes (14 girls, 14 boys) who will represent Team NSAF in the 2017 Caribbean Scholastic Invitational -- now part of the Barrientos Memorial -- set for May 26-28. It is the 11th CSI the NSAF has held since the event began in 2006 and the 3rd in Havana, Cuba, following 2016 and the historic debut there in 2015.
The 28 athletes hail from 11 different states, primarily from the southern part of the country and where athletes' state meets will have already taken place: Alabama (2), Arizona, Colorado, Florida (6), Georgia (5), Maryland (2), North Carolina (3), Pennsylvania, Rhode Island (2), South Carolina and Texas (4). The roster is made up primarily of high school juniors (18 of 28), with five seniors and five sophomores mixed in.
14 team members have already achieved New Balance Nationals Indoor and/or Outdoor All-American status, including 2017 NBNI pentathlon champions Kyle Garland and Anna Hall, and NBNI/NBNO triple jump champ Jasmine Moore. Anthony Schwartz and Thomas Burns are current national leaders in the 100 (10.15, #6 all-time) and 300 hurdles (35.81), respectively. In fact, Garland’s pentathlon set a Junior Class national record (and Schwartz’s 100 is just .01 off the same), while Moore and Brian Herron have broken Sophomore and Freshman (’16) class marks in their specialties.
Also, Moore and Roman Mitchell are each part of special NSAF elite training programs – Moore with Project Triple Jump and Mitchell with Project Javelin Gold.
Team NSAF will leave for Havana on May 24 and return May 29. The NSAF staff for the event, serving as managers, coaches and other capacities, include Executive Director Jim Spier and COO Joy Kamani; Board Members Tracy Sundlun and Paul Limmer; staff members Kristi Reiger and Steve Underwood; medical staff members Dr. Liz Wheeler, Dr. Emily Krodel, Matt Devens and Captain Scott Julich; Sports Psychologist Dr. Margaret Ottley; Cultural Liason/Interpreter Edwin Rivera; and Miami Northwestern coach Carmen Jackson.
For more on the background and history of CSI, go HERE.
For brief profiles of each Team NSAF athlete, see below!
Note: Athletes’ listed events subject to change.
Team NSAF Boys
American Heritage HS (FL), 2018, 100/200/4x100
Credentials: Ran US#1 (#6 all-time) and National Junior Class record 10.15 100 to win Florida Relays ... also part of US#1 40.17 4x100 ... sports US#3 20.69 200 PR from Sam Burley Invite ... won 2A state 100 and 200 as a soph in '16.
Lakeside HS (GA), 2019, 400/4x400
Credentials: NBNI 400m runner-up in 46.69 ... just swept Arcadia 200 (21.39) and 400 (46.47) last weekend ... ranks as #2 frosh ('16) and soph ('17) all-time in indoor 200 (21.70/21.22), 400 (47.68/46.69) and frosh outdoor 400 (46.29 in '16).
Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa HS (AL), 2018, 400/4x400
Credentials: Won indoor 6A state 60 (6.95) and 400 (48.15), then was 6th in NBNI 400 (48.20) ... ran indoor PR of 47.64, just .01 shy of outdoor PR of 47.63 from '16 state outdoor title race.
Westlake HS (GA), 2018, Long Jump
Credentials: Has rapidly improved as a junior to 24-4 in LJ, 14.17 in 110H and 38.43 in the 300H ... 3rd in '16 USATF JO LJ (15-16) as soph, with earlier PR of 23-8.75 ... 6th at 6A state, then 3rd in 1st GA Meet of Champs.
McDonogh School (MD), 2018, 1500
Credentials: Had some blazing non-winning mile performances indoors, including 4:08.99 for 3rd at Millrose, then 4:08.21 PR for 4th at NBNI ... ran 4:10.43 in '16 as a soph and was 4th at Penn ... other PRs: 1:54.75 800, 8:56.96 3200.
Eric Allen, Jr.
Bullis School (MD), 2018, 100/200/4x100
Credentials: Oldest of three Allen brothers and versatile sprinter helps lead Bullis powerhouse ... indoor PRs of 21.33 200, 33.49 300 and 48.80 400, but then injured at NBNI (currently coming back) ... 100/200 PRs of 10.55/21.04 in '16.
Eric Edwards, Jr.
Langham Creek HS (TX), 2018, 110H/400H/4x400
Credentials: Has followed strong soph season with big progress in '17 ... got down to 7.76 60H for 5th at NBNI ... has steadily improved to US#4 13.64(13.55w) 110H and US#2 36.46 300H, and was 2nd and 1st (300H) at Texas Relays.
Green Hope HS (NC), 2018, 800
Credentials: Career highlight has been leading off Green Hope's 3rd-place 4x8 at Penn last year (top U.S. team) ... by end of '16 was down to 1:52.20 ... has also run 1:07.90 500m and 2:34.06 1k indoors, 4:22.61 1,600 outdoors.
Dreher HS (SC), 2018, 100/200/4x100/LJ
Credentials: Talented junior does a lot for Dreher, including 24-2.5 LJ, 46-2 TJ, 10.42 100, 21.20 200 and 48.20 400 ... he was 2nd, 5th, 4th and 2nd in those at 3A state in '16 ... won 4 golds at Blunt Invite last year.
Woonsocket HS (RI), 2017, Hammer
Credentials: Just finished strong indoor campaign with weight, unbeaten with 72-5 best going into NBNI, then taking 5th with PR 74-0.25 ... had 208-1 hammer PR in
'16 and was 7th at NBNO ... reached US#1 205-2 in early '17 outdoor debut.
Germantown Academy (PA), 2018, Decathlon/4x400
Credentials: Coming off tremendous NBNI pentathlon win, scoring 4,150 for Junior Class national record ... decathlon breakthrough last summer at AAU JOs when he hit 6,823 ... PRs include 6-10.75 HJ and 7.89 60H.
SE Raleigh HS (NC), 2018, Javelin
Credentials: Member of NSAF's Project Javelin Gold, he capped off '16 with 206-4 PR win at USATF JOs (15-16), tied for 2nd best soph in U.S. ... took 7th at NBNO with 196-4 ... currently recovering from minor injury before '17 debut.
Miami NW HS (FL), 2018, 110H/400H
Credentials: After 37.22 and 36.90 300H PRs as frosh and soph, has improved to US#1 35.81 in '17 -- #2 in state history and #11 all-time U.S. ... has run 14.41(14.30w) for 110H and is part of Bulls' US#1 3:10.56 4x400.
Desert Edge HS (AZ), 2018, Shot Put/Discus
Credentials: A 60-4 putter coming into '17 (unbeaten in state D2 in '16), he improved to 64-11.75, then a huge US#3 66-8 at Chander Rotary in March ... took 3rd at Arcadia last weekend ... has also improved discus PR to 174-3.
Anthony Schwartz, American Heritage HS (FL), 2018, 100/200/4x100
Brian Herron, Lakeside HS (GA), 2019, 400/4x400
Cagan Campbell, Hillcrest-Tuscaloosa HS (AL), 2018, 400/4x400
Cameron Murray, Westlake HS (GA), 2018, Long Jump
Dalton Hengst, McDonogh School (MD), 2018, 1500
Eric Allen, Jr., Bullis School (MD), 2018, 100/200/4x100
Eric Edwards, Jr., Langham Creek HS (TX), 2018, 110H/400H/4x400
Ian Delgado, Green Hope HS (NC), 2018, 800
Jacory Patterson, Dreher HS (SC), 2018, 100/200/4x100/LJ
Jared Briere, Woonsocket HS (RI), 2017, Hammer
Kyle Garland, Germantown Academy (PA), 2018, Decathlon/4x400
Roman Mitchell, SE Raleigh HS (NC), 2018, Javelin
Thomas Burns, Miami NW HS (FL), 2018, 110H/400H
Tyson Jones, Desert Edge HS (AZ), 2018, Shot Put/Discus
Kennedale HS (TX), 2019, 100/200/4x100
Credentials: This soph's significant improvement in '17 has elevated her to national class status ... she had 60m breakthrough in Dunamis Classic to 7.40 and since has lowered 100/200 marks to 11.70/24.37.
Valor Christian HS (CO), 2019, Heptathlon
Credentials: Super 5-10.5 high jump PR buoyed her to gold in the NBNI pentathlon last month at 3,740, then she followed up with 2nd in the Arcadia hept with 4,963 PR ... 800 is another big strength, where she's run 2:18.86.
Anna Marian Block
Athens Academy (GA), 2018, 800/1500
Credentials: Had a terrific finish to '16 outdoors, with a 2:10.36 800/4:51.28 1600 double at 1A state, then a blazing 4:46.67 mile at NBNO for 6th ... after a long XC season, she's started '17 modestly, hoping for a late peak.
Spanish Fort HS (FL), 2017, Triple Jump/Javelin
Credentials: Has special combination of talents, reaching 150-1 in javelin and 39-9.5 in TJ in at Cottage Hill Christian in '16, as well as 4,558 pts in hept ... has won 10 3A state titles and was surprise 3rd in NBNO jav last year.
Miami NW HS (FL), 2017, 100H/400H/4x400
Credentials: Defending 3A state 300H champ has lowered PR to US#4 41.25 this spring ... clocked 58.84 400H PR for 3rd at NBNO in '16 ... has run 14.27 for 100H ... also part of US#2 3:39.95 4x400.
Ponaganset HS (RI), 2018, Hammer
Credentials: After 174-8 PR and 6th at NBNO in '16, has started '17 in huge way in hammer with US#2 193-5 at KofC Relays ... also broke through strongly in weight this winter, with US#2 60-8 PR and 2nd at NBNI.
Lake Ridge HS (TX), 2019, Long Jump/Triple Jump
Credentials: NSAF Project TJ'er won NBNI with 42-6.75, soph class national record and great follow-up to 43-5.75w NBNO win in '16--furthest ever by a frosh ... also swept 5A state in '16 and has 20-3.75 long jump PR.
Leonard HS (TX), 2018, 100/200/4x100
Credentials: Consistent major high-placer hit peak in summer '16 with 11.60 100, 23.84 200 PRs ... has run 11.50w, 24.11 so far in '17 ... also has 18-10.25 LJ PR ... '17 titles include Arkansas Indoor, Jesuit Sheaner 200s.
Fort Myers HS (FL), 2017, 800/1500
Credentials: Has made big strides in '17 so far to 2:11.89 800 and 4:52.09 1,600 (1st FSU Relays) ... won 3A state 1,600/3,200 (10:50.55 PR) in '16 ... has run 18:12 for 5k XC and even pole vaulted 10-7.
Lake Wales HS (FL), 2018, 400/4x400
Credentials: Was 2A state 400 champ (54.15) last year after 53.27 PR at Region 3 ... has also run 24.13 200 and 12.02 100 (state finalis in both) ... she has hit 24.15 and 54.65 so far in '17.
Marietta HS (GA), 2019, 400/100H/4x400
Credentials: Stunning freshman year included 52.69 400 PR and NBNI/NBNO finishes of 3rd and 4th ... in '17, after NBNI 4th, has won Arcadia 400 in 53.94 ... all-around talent with new 13.83 100H PR and 4,817 hept best.
Miami Jackson HS (FL), 2017, 100H/HJ/4x100
Credentials: Has hit PRs of 13.72 100H, 42.42 300H and 5-9 high jump so far this year ... she's reigning 2A state champ in all 3, at 14.20, 43.21 and 5-8 ... hurdle range is shown with 8.66 60H and 1:04.27 400H bests.
Wakefield HS (NC), 2018, Shot Put/Discus
Credentials: Has improved her discus PR from 148-0 in '16 to 154-10 this year, including Bojangles Classic win (151-0) last weekend ... 6th at Penn, 10th at NBNO in '16 ... also 2nd in Bojangles shot put, just off 43-3 PR.
Alexander HS (GA), 2018, 100/200/4x100
Credentials: A rising star who brings PRs of 11.80 100 ('16) and 24.22 200 ('17) to the team ... 6th in NBNO EE 200 last spring ... had promising indoor PRs this past winter of 7.46 60 and 24.30 200.
Alexis Brown, Kennedale HS (TX), 2019, 100/200/4x100
Anna Hall, Valor Christian HS (CO), 2019, Heptathlon
Anna Marian Block, Athens Academy (GA), 2018, 800/1500
Callie Jones, Spanish Fort HS (AL), 2017, Triple Jump/Javelin
De'Andreah Young, Miami NW HS (FL), 2017, 100H/400H/4x400
Gianna Rao, Ponaganset HS (RI), 2018, Hammer
Jasmine Moore, Lake Ridge HS (TX), 2019, Long Jump/Triple Jump
Kelcie Simmons, Leonard HS (TX), 2018, 100/200/4x100
Kristlin Gear, Fort Myers HS (FL), 2017, 800/1500
Maiah Walker, Lake Wales HS (FL), 2018, 400/4x400
Sterling Lester, Marietta HS (GA), 2019, 400/100H/4x400
Tiara McMinn, Miami Jackson HS (FL), 2017, 100H/HJ/4x100
Veronica Fraley, Wakefield HS (NC), 2018, Shot Put/Discus
Vivette Green, Alexander HS (GA), 2018, 100/200/4x100