Welcome to the 2017 New Balance Nationals Outdoor
Our 2016-17 indoor track season may have just finished at NBNI, but outdoor has already begun in some states and is about to start everywhere else. Our 27th New Balance Nationals Outdoor will take place in Greensboro, June 16-18, 2017.
NBNO 2016: What a Way to Celebrate!
Sydney McLaughlin and Champ Allison earned New Balance Girls' and Boys' Athletes of the Meet awards (1st two photos). Tripp Piperi and Jasmine Moore (last two photos) were two of the top field performers (see below). Photos by Ross Dettman for New Balance (McLaughlin) and Vic Sailer, Photorun.net (Allison, Piperi, Moore).
25th Anniversary NBNO was One to Remember!
The 2016 25th Anniversary edition of New Balance Nationals Outdoor (June 17-19) was one for the record-books and the memory banks -- more than 5,700 athletes; some very special guests, sponsors and honorees; and a weekend of near-perfect June weather at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro made sure of it!
Our NSAF outdoor nationals had some humble beginnings in California back in 1991, but thanks to partners like New Balance, Eastbay and many others, Father's Day weekend at North Carolina A&T State plays host to prep track and field's greatest spectacle -- three days of superlative performances by athletes from 44 states, Canada and South Africa in the sprints, hurdles, distances, throws, jumps, walks and multis.
Among those performances were four national records, seven national class records and 22 meet records: nine championship, 11 Emerging Elite and two Freshman.
The four national record-setters:
Sydney McLaughlin, the Union Catholic, NJ junior and girls' New Balance Athlete of the Meet who crushed the 32-year-old girls' 400H mark (Leslie Maxie, 55.20 in '84) Sunday with a mind-blowing 54.46 -- also topping U.S. Youth, U.S. Junior and World Youth records simultaneously, and moving to #2 all-time World Junior. It was her 3rd straight NBNO 400H title.
The Union Catholic, NJ girls Swedish medley relay, which zipped 2:07.99 to break its own 2015 standard and was anchored by McLaughlin's 50.93 -- thought to be the fastest-ever 400 leg by a prep girl in any relay.
Lauren Harris, the Sachem East, NY junior who had previously become the first prep girl under 7:00 for the indoor 1-mile racewalk at NBNI, accomplished the same feat here Friday with her 6:52.23.
The Ogden, UT boys' 4x1 mile relay, which held off Great Oak, CA (4x1600m record-holders) in a super-dramatic finish, 17:04.55 to 17:04.61 -- both under South Eugene's 1976 mark.
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.