NSAF and The Armory Foundation announce 2-year agreement for NBNI

by Steve Underwood


The National Scholastic Athletics Foundation (NSAF) and The Armory Foundation are jointly announcing today the entering into a new agreement to keep the New Balance Nationals Indoor at New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory for at least two more years. The NSAF has owned and operated the indoor national meet since 1999, and the meet has been hosted by The Armory since 2011 – following the beginning of the NSAF’s partnership with New Balance.

“During the past eight years, since we started hosting NBNI at The Armory and with New Balance, we’ve seen many of the greatest performances and meets in high school history,” said Jim Spier, Executive Director of the NSAF. “Having great partners like The Armory and New Balance is a big reason why this happens and we anticipate more of the same in the years ahead.”

        

Each year, more than 3,500 athletes descend upon The Armory for NBNI from more than 40 states, several Canadian provinces, and even points beyond. National champions are crowned in 48 track and field events, and NBNI also offers an additional 40 events in the Emerging Elite, Freshman and Junior High categories. The mixed-gender 4x400m relay was added in 2018, and is expected to be a regular part of the NBNI program moving forward. In the past two years alone, track and field superstars such as Mondo Duplantis, Sydney McLaughlin, and Katelyn Tuohy have competed and won championships in this meet at this storied facility in Upper Manhattan.

“The Armory is delighted that NBNI is returning to the fastest track in the world,” said Armory Foundation Co-President Rita Finkel. “Both NSAF and New Balance are tremendous partners, and all of us here at The Armory look forward to welcoming this spectacular event.”

The next New Balance Nationals Indoor is scheduled to take place from March 8-10, 2019. Since the partnership with the NSAF, The Armory and New Balance was cemented in 2011, the sport has had the bounty of a single national high school championship that has ensured the best competition, year in and year out. Thanks to the staff and resources of each organization, plus the tireless work of hundreds of volunteers and officials, NBNI has continued to represent the apex of indoor high school track and field.

About the National Scholastic Athletics Foundation
The NSAF (http:www.nationalscholastic.org/) is a non-profit organization focused on high school-age student-athletes in the sports of track & field and cross country, with the mission to inspire them and to prepare them for future success, on and off the track. Each year, the NSAF hosts over 11,000 high school age boys and girls at its two national indoor and outdoor track and field championships (the New Balance Nationals Indoor and Outdoor) and its Great American Cross Country Festival, as well as several national and international development programs. The organization supports athletes through a mentorship program, a clinic series, and distributes more than $200,000 in grants every year. Follow us on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Instagram.

About The Armory Foundation
The Armory is a New York City non-profit institution, with the mission of "Keeping Kids on Track." Each season The Armory — the proud home of the NYRR Millrose Games — hosts more than 100 track & field meets and welcomes more than 180,000 athlete visits. Among its many youth sports and educational programs, including the acclaimed Armory College Prep program, The Armory runs a major collegiate indoor track meet with the Dr. Sander Invitational, and hosts the largest high school indoor track meets with the Hispanic Games, the New Balance Games, and the New Balance Nationals Indoors.  The Armory also runs The Armory NYC Indoor Marathon Presented by New York Road Runners, which is the world’s largest indoor marathon relay. The Armory is also the home to the National Track & Field Hall of Fame and dozens of very large education-focused events. For more: Please visit Armory.NYC and ArmoryTrack.com.


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