The 2017-18 school year is well underway and we're already looking forward to the 2018 New Balance Nationals Indoor. 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. Registration will be open soon.
We typically host more than 3,500 of the country's best track and field student-athletes from 40+ states and Canadian provinces -- -- all of them looking to run, hurdle, jump, throw and walk their way to titles and All-American honors in 48 boys' and girls' Championship events -- plus 40 more Emerging Elite and Freshman events.
We couldn't do it without our special partners and friends at New Balance; we thank them for again working with us (8 years now indoors) to make these three days the best in prep indoor T&F. We also thank our Eastbay, our Presenting Sponsor; plus all of the great staff, officials and volunteers who work tirelessly with the NSAF here at NBNI every year.
Mondo Duplantis celebrates his pole vault HSR at NBNI. Photo by John Nepolitan, Runnerspace.com/DyeStat.com
Every year, we hope and expect that our 2017 New Balance Nationals Indoor at The Armory’s New Balance Track and Field Center will exceed the previous year’s edition as the “greatest indoor track meet of all time.” We think last weekend’s extravaganza (March 10-12) lived up to expectations! There were 11 national records set (see below), plus 13 national class records and 26 meet records in the Championship, Emerging Elite and Freshman categories. We had 3,609 athletes from 44 states, plus several Canadian provinces, Colombia and Germany, and – as usual – they put on an unforgettable show. We also had our first Paralympic athlete in Hunter Woodhall, who impressed us both with his talent and his class. | Pre-Meet PR | Post-Race Interview
As always, the level of competition all weekend long was bracing, and the performances that ranked as the best of the best were truly awe-inspiring – lead by NBNI Athletes of the Meet Armand Duplantis, Trey Cunningham and Brie Oakley.
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The following individuals received the following annual NSAF awards at our Opening Ceremonies.
We want to thank our great partners at New Balance – having celebrated our 7th indoor nationals with them – for working with us all winter long to create another incredible NBNI. We’d also like to thank our outstanding Presenting Sponsor, Eastbay. We hope you stopped by their booth and checked out all of their great training and racing apparel, footwear and much more.
We’re also eternally grateful for all of those staff, officials and volunteers who worked tirelessly for us here at the NSAF all weekend long. We’d also like to thank our partners at Runnerspace.com, who produced another great webcast, web site (NBNationalsIn.com) and library of videos and photos.
We’d also like to remember Dr. Norbert Sander, the Founder of the Armory Track Foundation, who just passed away due to a heart attack, Friday, March 17. Without the visionary Dr. Sander, the Armory as we know it today would never have come into being. | Brief story and link to USATF notice
Meanwhile, the meet wouldn’t have been the same without all of our other great sponsors. We hope the relay champions all liked the special batons at the awards from our Official Baton Suppliers at RelayBatons.com, and that all of the relay entrants enjoyed the custom batons in their packets!
And did you get down to the Recovery Zone, sponsored by ROLL Recovery, and sample their outstanding products? Or did you check out Elliptigo’s booth and try their amazing elliptical bicycle? You can learn more at the websites linked above.
Then we hope you all noticed the great Meet Record Banners, produced with our Official Bib Printer, Athlete RaceNumbers – and that all of you at NBNI saved your meet bibs to commemorate the special weekend. Meet Directors, check out their site for your own meets and use the handy NSAF16 code to receive a discount.
The Championship races are for those who have made the qualifying standards for those events. The Emerging Elite is for those who have not quite made those standards. The Emerging Elite Division is open to any high school athlete who has made the Emerging Elite standards, whether they be Freshman, Sophomores, Juniors or Seniors.
The idea is that, eventually, an Emerging Elite athlete will join the elite ranks, but has not yet attained that status. We have had this division in place for several years now in the outdoor version of this meet. A prime example is that of Kyle Merber. He won the Emerging Elite mile as a junior in 2007 in 4:15.95 (The championship mile was won in 4:03.33). The next year he was New York State 1600m Champion. And in his Sophomore year at Columbia U, he ran 3:58.62 for a mile! Similarly, Megan Goethals was the Emerging Elite mile champion in 2008 in 4:59.26. In 2009, she became the Foot Locker National Champion in cross-country.