Team NSAF – 25 strong – has arrived in Havana for #CSICuba17 and started the 4-day Memorial Barrientos Thursday with the schedule hitting full gear Friday. The meet encompasses the Caribbean Scholastic Invitational, the original post-season NSAF event developed. This 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.
Tyson Jones (Desert Edge, AZ junior) won Thursday’s shot put, hitting 17.99m (59-0.25) and was 3rd in the discus – the first NSAF athlete to compete with everyone else starting Friday or later.
The 25 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, Arizona, Colorado, Florida (4), 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, with some seniors and 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. In fact, Garland’s pentathlon set a Junior Class national record, while Moore and Brian Herron have broken Sophomore and Freshman (’16) class marks in their specialties.
The coaching staff includes Carmen Jackson, the Miami Northwestern, Fla. girls coach who is a two-time recipient of the Mike Byrnes Coach of the Year – awarded at NBNO (2006, 2015). Her Miami NW Bulls have now won nine straight state titles and 14 overall.
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.
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 Coach Jackson.
NOTE: Original team selections Anthony Schwartz, Cagen Campbell, Maiah Walker and Thomas Burns were unable to compete. Miami NW senior sprinter Tiondre Toomer (see below) was a late addition.
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
Lakeside HS (GA), 2019, Sprints/Relays
PRs: 46.15 400, 20.93 200
Credentials: Wrapped up great outdoor sophomore season in Georgia with tough state 7A runner-up finishes to rival Elija Godwin, despite superlative times of 46.64 and 21.05w … ran US#6 46.15 PR at his region meet … was NBNI 400m runner-up back in March with 46.69, then swept Arcadia 200 (21.39) and 400 (46.47) a few weeks later ... 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).
Westlake HS (GA), 2018, Sprints/Relays/Jumps
PRs: 24-5.5 LJ, 13.84 110H, 10.80 100
Credentials: Concluded outstanding season in Georgia with 7A state long jump/110H double, hitting a near-PR 24-5 and a big hurdle PR of 13.84, highlighting a junior year of rapid improvement … has also run 37.68 in the 300H, where he was 2nd in 7A state ... 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, Distances
PRs: 4:08.21i mile, 8:56.96 3,200m, 15:11 5kXC
Credentials: Finally got the big win he was seeking with Penn Relays mile triumph in 4:09.99 … 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 ... made Foot Locker Finals in XC, finishing 21st.
Eric Allen, Jr.
Bullis School (MD), 2018, Sprints/Relays
PRs: 10.51 100m, 21.04 200m, 48.80i 400
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 really put him on the national map … but then injured at NBNI before starting to come back in April … helped Bullis to 5th in 4x100 (41.48) and 7th in 4x400 (3:17.49 after 3:13.24 school record qualifier) at Penn Relays ... two weeks ago lowered his 100m PR to 10.51; 21.04 200 PR remains from ’16.
Eric Edwards, Jr.
Langham Creek HS (TX), 2018, Hurdles/Relays
PRs: 13.39 (13.36nwi) 110H, 36.46 300H
Credentials: His Texas championship season reached a peak at 6A state with 13.39 (wind-legal) PR, then he followed with 13.47 triumph in the new state Meet of Champions … the week before Has followed strong soph season with big progress in '17 ... got down to 7.76 60H for 5th at NBNI ... has steadily improved all season in 110H, while he hit PR and then-US#2 36.46 300H at Texas Relays … he was 3rd (36.69) and 2nd (36.56) in that event at 6A state and MOC.
Green Hope HS (NC), 2018, Middle Distances
PRs: 1:52.20 800m, 4:17.26 1,600m
Credentials: Although he had a rough open 800 at 4A state, his Green Hope team took home 4x800 title in 7:47.17 … career highlight has been leading off Green Hope's 3rd-place 4x8 at Penn last year (top U.S. team), which hit 7:41.01 ... by end of ‘16 was down to 1:52.20 and relay hit US#5 7:38.84 ... has also run 1:07.90 500m and 2:34.06 1k indoors.
Dreher HS (SC), 2018, Sprints/Jumps/Relays
PRs: 10.42 100, 21.20 200, 46.98 400, 24-2.5 LJ
Credentials: Highlight of South Carolina 4A state meet was stunning 46.98 400 PR (had never broken 48 before) … was also 2nd in 200, 4th in 100 at state … talented junior does a lot for Dreher, including 24-2.5 LJ, 46-2 TJ, 10.42 100, 21.20 200 PRs ... 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
PRs: 208-1 hammer throw, 74-0.25 weight throw
Credentials: Strong indoor campaign with weight, saw him go unbeaten vs. state and area competotion 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 ... has reached US#7 208-0 so far this spring, including a state class title in Rhode Island.
Germantown Academy (PA), 2018, Decathlon/Relays/HJ
PRs: 6,823 decathlon, 4,150 pentathlon, 6-10.75 HJ
Credentials: Confirmed his place on national multis scene with tremendous NBNI pentathlon win, scoring 4,150 for Junior Class national record ... decathlon breakthrough came last summer at AAU JOs when he hit 6,823 ... impressive ’17 indoor PRs included 6-10.75 HJ and 7.89 60H … outdoors he has recent PRs of 23-2 LJ, 14.28 110H and 51-5.75 SP.
SE Raleigh HS (NC), 2018, Javelin
PRs: 206-4 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 ... has been recovering from ankle injury before ’17 debut here.
Miami Northwestern HS (FL), 2017, Sprints/Relays
PRs: 47.08 400m, 21.78 200m, 2:03.29 800
Credentials: Peaked at the Florida 3A state meet with a new PR of 47.08 for 400, taking 4th … consistent 2nd-3rd place finisher in the nation’s toughest area for the 1-lapper … part of the Bulls’ record-setting and national-leading 3:10.56 4x400.
Desert Edge HS (AZ), 2018, Shot Put/Discus
PRs: 67-6.25 shot put, 174-8 discus
Credentials: A season of massive, steady improvement peaked at Arizona D2 state with US#4 67-6.5 PR … a 60-4 putter coming into '17 (unbeaten in state D2 in '16), he improved to 64-11.75, then a huge 66-8 at Chander Rotary in March ... took 3rd at Arcadia ... has also improved discus PR to 174-3 and was 3rd at state.
Brian Herron, Lakeside HS (GA), 2019
Cameron Murray, Westlake HS (GA), 2018
Dalton Hengst, McDonogh School (MD), 2018
Eric Allen, Jr., Bullis School (MD), 2018
Eric Edwards, Jr., Langham Creek HS (TX), 2018
Ian Delgado, Green Hope HS (NC), 2018
Jacory Patterson, Dreher HS (SC), 2018
Jared Briere, Woonsocket HS (RI), 2017
Kyle Garland, Germantown Academy (PA), 2018
Roman Mitchell, SE Raleigh HS (NC), 2018
Tiondre Toomer, Miami Northwestern HS (FL), 2017
Tyson Jones, Desert Edge HS (AZ), 2018
Kennedale HS (TX), 2019, Sprints/Relays/Long Jump
PRs: 11.50 100m, 24.08 200m, 20-0.25 LJ
Credentials: Had a monster Texas 4A state meet in LJ, jumping an 18-inch PR at 20-0.25, plus taking 3rd in 100 at 11.63 … significant improvement in '17 has elevated her to national class status ... she had 60m breakthrough in Dunamis Classic to 7.40 and lowered 100/200 marks to 11.50 at her Region 1-4A meet and 24.08.
Valor Christian HS (CO), 2019, Heptathlon
PRs: 5-10.5 HJ, 4,963 hept, 14.61 100H, 42.87 300H
Credentials: In snow-delayed Colorado state meet, captured 4A 100H and 300H titles and 2nd in HJ … 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, Middle Distances
PRs: 2:10.36 800m, 4:46.67 mile
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
PRs: 150-1 javelin, 39-9.5 triple jump, 4,558 heptathlon
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 … moved up to 6A with transfer to Spanish Fort, but still won state jav title with 135-10.
Miami NW HS (FL), 2017, Hurdles/Relays
PRs: 41.25 300H
Credentials: Defending 3A state 300H champ has lowered PR to US#4 41.25 this spring, then was 2nd to teammate Markalah Hart at state with 41.86 … she earned state titles on Bulls’ 4x400 and 4x800 teams, the former which holds US#2 3:39.95 from school record Florida Relays triumph ... clocked 58.84 400H PR for 3rd at NBNO in '16 ... has run 14.27 for 100H.
Ponaganset HS (RI), 2018, Hammer
PRs: 185-8 hammer (193-5 3k), 60-8 weight throw
Credentials: Unbeaten in hammer this spring after Rhode Island state class title … set her US#3 185-8 PR at Int’l Implement Invite … after 174-8 PR and 6th at NBNO in '16, started '17 in huge way in hammer with US-leading 193-5 at KofC Relays with Youth 3k implement ... also broke through strongly in weight this winter, with US#2 60-8 PR and 2nd at NBNI.
Lake Ridge HS (TX), 2019, Horizontal jumps/relays
PRs: 43-4.75 (43-5.75w) triple jump, 20-4 long jump
Credentials: NSAF Project TJ'er is already a two-time NBN champ, winning NBNI with 42-6.75, soph class national record after 43-5.75w NBNO triumph in '16--furthest ever by a frosh … capped off a stellar unbeaten in-state campaign this spring with US#1 43-4.75 TJ and 19-10 LJ, in both cases defending ’16 titles … set 20-4 LJ PR at districts … also key relay performer for 45.55 4x100 state runner-up finishers.
Leonard HS (TX), 2018, Sprints/Relays
PRs: 11.50 100m, 23.84 200m, 18-10.25 LJ
Credentials: Battled to a runner-up 11.53w in Texas 3A 100 final, just .03 off her PR from Region 2-3A meet … hit her ’16 peak in summer with 11.60 100, 23.84 200 PR ... also has 18-10.25 LJ PR ... '17 titles include Arkansas Indoor, Jesuit Sheaner 200s.
Fort Myers HS (FL), 2017, Distances
PRs: 2:10.29 800m, 4:52.09 1600m, 10:40.50 3200m
Credentials: Stellar Florida 3A state meet included dramatic wins in 800 (2:10.29 PR), 1600 (4:56.04) and 3,200 (PR 10:40.50) … set 1,600 PR with big Florida State Relays triumph ... 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.
Marietta HS (GA), 2019, Sprints/Relays
PRs: 52.69 400m, 23.86 200m, 13.83 100H, 4,817 hept
Credentials: Scored fast runner-up finishes at 7A state with 54.66 400 and 23.98 200 … stunning freshman year included 52.69 400 PR and NBNI/NBNO finishes of 3rd and 4th ... in '17, after NBNI 4th, then won Arcadia 400 in 53.94 ... all-around talent with new 13.83 100H PR, 5-6 HJ, 4,817 hept best.
Miami Jackson HS (FL), 2017, Hurdles/High Jump/Relays
PRs: 5-10.75 high jump, 13.72 100H, 41.50 300H
Credentials: Outstanding Florida 2A state meet saw her sweep the HJ with a US#4 PR 5-10.75, the 100H in 14.20 and 300H in 41.96 … set her 300H PR of 41.50 at region meet … she had swept the same three events at state last year, 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, Throws
PRs: 154-10 discus, 43-3 shot put
Credentials: Had very close runner-up finishes in her 4A North Carolina state meet in both the discus (140-4) and shot put (42-8) … had improved her discus PR from 148-0 in '16 to 154-10 this year, including Bojangles Classic win (151-0) ... 6th at Penn, 10th at NBNO in '16 ... also 2nd in Bojangles and Florida Relays shot puts.
Alexander HS (GA), 2018, Sprints/Relays
PRs: 11.66 100m, 24.22 200m
Credentials: Finished her Georgia season by taking 3rd in the 100 (12.17) and 2nd in the 200 (24.77) at 6A state, both times into strong headwinds … with legal tailwinds in prelims she had run a PR 11.66 and 24.24 (.02 off PR) … the rising star had been 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