Welcome to the 2016 New Balance Nationals Outdoor

SMarch, 2016 Update -- The 2015-16 indoor track season may have just finished, with an enormously successful New Balance Nationals Indoor, but it's never too soon to start planning for 2016! This June 17-19 will mark the 25th Anniversary of our outdoor nationals, the last six in concert with our partner, New Balance, and we have many exciting things planned in addition to the usual three days of thrilling competition.

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As for our 2015 New Balance Nationals Outdoor, contested this past June ... well, if it were just about the numbers, the meet would have been impressive enough.  There were nearly 5,400 student-athletes who enjoyed the meet -- from 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian provinces -- the first time we’ve had more than 5,000 in one of our indoor or outdoor championships.  The standards keep getting tougher, but the kids keep getting better and better, and yearning more and more to join us in Greensboro.  Can’t beat that.

And then there’s the records: 5 national records, 3 class marks, and 33 – count ‘em, 33 – meet records.  That the majority of those records came in Emerging Elite, Freshman and even Junior High events says something to us:  While the competition between post-season meets for the most elite of elite athletes gets tougher each year, NBNO is also, unequivocally, where you go to become elite – where elite athletes are made!

But it’s the details of and the context wherein some of these records and other outstanding performances were produced that made the weekend so special.  So take a look at the list of records below, then consider these stories:

How fitting was it that on a weekend that veteran mentor Carmen Jackson was honored as our national Mike Byrnes Coach of the Year, that her stellar girls at Miami Northwestern, Fla. crushed the meet record in the 4x200m relay (1:34.87), nearly did the same in ruling the 4x100m (45.57 after a 45.52 prelim), and nearly had an individual title from soph Twanisha Terry (2nd by .01 in the 100m final)?

And how about those thrilling moments and accomplishments that won’t be in the record book per se, but were a memorable part of the fabric of NBNO 2015?  They showed the best qualities of our student-athletes:

What a weekend it was in Greensboro – and what a weekend we have to look forward to in 2016!

Photos of (top-to-bottom) Kate Hall, Sammy Watson, Ryen Fraizer and Rai Benjamin by Vic Sailer, Photorun.net

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Spectacular Performances from 2015

Here are some of the outstanding performances from 2015:

2015 New Balance Nationals Outdoors - Records Summary
National Records
BOYS
Swedish Medley Western Branch Chesapeake VA 1:52.64
GIRLS
1600m Medley Rush-Henrietta Henrietta NY 3:47.65
Swedish Medley Union Catholic Scotch Plains NJ 2:08.88
4x100m Hurdles Western Branch Chesapeake VA 55.36
Long Jump Kate Hall Lake Region Casco ME 22-05
National Class Records
GIRLS
400m Hurdles Sydney Mc Laughlin Union Catholic Scotch Plains NJ 55.87 Sophomore
Mile Racewalk Lauren Harris Holtsville Holtsville NY 7:12.96 Sophomore
Long Jump Kate Hall Lake Region Casco ME 22-05 Senior
Meet Records
BOYS
Swedish Medley Western Branch Chesapeake VA 1:52.64
EE 400m Ky-Mani Dula Southern Alamance Graham NC 47.96
EE 800m Cameron Cooper Oak Oark Oak Park MI 1:52.05
EE Mile Chris Heydrick Ellicott City Ellicott City MD 4:12.30
EE 4x200m Andover Andover MA 1:28.70
EE 4x800m Summit Summit NJ 7:52.24
EE 1600m Medley North Mecklenburg Charlotte NC 3:25.89
EE Discus Cameron Yon Great Mills Great Mills MD 171-01
EE Javelin Jacob Stanko Manchester Manchester NH 181-02
EE Hammer John Putnam Massapequa Massapequa NY 190-06
Freshman TJ Jayvon James Fleming Roanoke VA 43-07.25
JHS Mile Noah Tindale Guilderland Guilderland NY 4:31.94
JHS Javelin Roman Mitchell Southeast Raleigh NC 193-01
GIRLS
400m Hurdles Sydney Mc Laughlin Union Catholic Scotch Plains NJ 55.87
4x200m Relay Northwestern Miami FL 1:34.87
4x400m Relay Union Catholic Scotch Plains NJ 3:35.90
1600m Medley Rush-Henrietta Henrietta NY 3:47.65
Swedish Medley Union Catholic Scotch Plains NJ 2:08.88
4x100m Hurdles Western Branch Chesapeake VA 55.36
Long Jump Kate Hall Lake Region Casco ME 22-05
EE 100m Brooke Raglin Bryan Station Lexington KY 11.84
EE 400m Danielle Bess American Heritage Plantation FL 55.13
EE 800m Ceara Watson Rush-Henrietta Henrietta NY 2:08.61
EE 100m Hurdles Shamaria Lovett Northwestern Miami FL 14.06
EE 400m Hurdles De'Andreah Young Northwestern Miami FL 60.19
EE 4x400m Bullis Potomac MD 3:48.12
EE DMR Coginchaug Durham CT 11:57.06
EE Pole Vault= Landon Kemp Greenville Greenville MI 12-03.5
EE Triple Jump Jamie Robinson De La Salle Chicago IL 40-07.5
EE Javelin Meghan Owens King Harrodsburg KY 136-05
Freshman LJ Breanna Gambrell Athens Athens PA 18-05.75
Freshman TJ Amiya Anoma Randallstown Randallstown MD 36-11.5
JHS Javelin Alexis Clark Fredericksburg Fredericksbug MD 112-07
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Emerging Elite vs Championship

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.

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