Track & Field and Cross-Country Bulletin for Jul 29, 2021

by Steve Underwood

Thanks for filling our 30th NSAF Outdoor Nationals with #haywardmagic

When it was announced that the NSAF would host The Outdoor Nationals, Presented by Nike at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, the Hayward Magic group immediately introduced the hashtags #makeittohayward and #haywardmagic to the high school track & field community as it inquired about and registered for the meet.

Sometimes hashtags attract little interest or slip into irrelevance. Not these ones. Indeed, the thousands of athletes, coaches, families and fans who were able to “make it to Hayward” were almost to a person visibly dazzled by the splendor of the reimagined facility. And in so very many instances over the four days (June 30-July 3), they either experienced that “Hayward Magic” vibe – or powerfully produced such “Magic” on their own.

The latter was never more in dramatic evidence than in the final moments of the entire meet Saturday, when Nathan Green reached deep inside for a grinding kick to win the boys’ mile, then held his Outdoor Nationals finish banner aloft while proclaiming to the world what everyone could clearly see: “Who would have thought; not me … #haywardmagic, that’s about it, that’s #haywardmagic!”

After 29 consecutive years of hosting NSAF outdoor national meets in multiple venues with multiple partners, 2020 happened and most of the world of high school and youth sports came to a temporary halt. When the possibility of hosting The Outdoor Nationals at Hayward Field arose, a process ensued that engulfed many weeks and months of planning and adapting to changing circumstances, especially those involving COVID-19. But when the first athletes took to the track and the field event venues on Wednesday morning, June 30, a dream had come true and a mission accomplished. We hope you all enjoyed The Outdoor Nationals as much as we did!

Photos by Ross Dettman for the NSAF and Becky Holbrook for



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OFFERING THANKS: Gratitude for our Partners


Our partners at Nike, TrackTown USA and Hayward Magic were invaluable in making the dream of The Outdoor Nationals, Presented by Nike at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon a spectacular reality.  Nearly 2,000 student athletes from 48 states were able to #makeittohayward and experience #haywardmagic as part of the first-ever high school meet at the reimagined track & field palace.

We were blessed by TrackTown USA having reached out to us to share an idea and a dream and invite us to make it a reality with them. We were thankful for the great Nike apparel and backpacks we could offer these athletes as they enjoyed four days of competition at this world-class venue. And we were inspired by the creative vision of Hayward Magic, telling athlete stories and using the magic of Hayward Field to captivate the hearts everyone connected with our meet.


Thanks to our partners at and AthleticNET, we were able to have outstanding registration support, a fantastic new meet website, a stellar live webcast (with archived daily highlights, event videos and interviews), the best in live results and so much more. We have been blessed to have a partnership with these two organizations, who are so committed to the sport, which continues to grow.

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We are grateful, as always, to have the support of the Sanford Sports Science Institute from Sioux Falls, our Exclusive National Sports Medicine Research Partner. The SSSI conducts research in conjunction with the NSAF to help with the development of future Olympic and World Championship hopefuls. We’re looking forward to bringing our Project Javelin Gold and Project Triple Jump athletes to the Sanford Sports Complex for our annual August clinics! You can join us; click HERE to learn more.

Also greatly appreciated is the support of another of our newest partners, also based in South Dakota. The Build Your Base with Beef program offers nutritional education information athletes can use as part of that balanced approach. High quality protein is essential for student-athletes and available from many sources. It’s valuable for them to learn how beef can be integrated into a nutritional profile to provide that.

The NSAF is thankful for its partnership of many years with Next College Student Athlete (NCSA), our Official Recruiting Partner. With more than 35,000 verified college coaches and a 4.9-star Google Rating (2,250+ reviews), NCSA is the world’s largest and most successful college athletic recruiting network. Build your free NCSA profile to boost your exposure and get discovered by coaches.


The temperatures rose to about 90 during the four days of TON, so we were particularly grateful for the opportunity to provide Gatorade to all of the athletes following their events. Gatorade, our Official Sports Fuel Provider, has had a strong presence at our events for some years now, whether it be national championships, our major cross-country meets or our Project clinics

NSAF National Championships and Baron Rings have been synonymous for many years, and we are proud that 100s of athletes and coaches from coast to coast are wearing these high-quality rings that honor their tremendous performances. They will always serve as reminders of the sacrifices made to reach the top of the podium!

And thanks so much to our long-time partners at, whose custom batons provide everlasting memories for so many championship quartets.

THE BEST OF THE BEST: Remembering TON’s greatest performances

Kinetic/Saratoga Springs HS sets tone with monumental HSR
Nathan Green creates climactic #haywardmagic with tremendous kick to win 1M
Real Training/Niwot HS puts on an historic show

Michigan athletes show up huge
Waldron, Butler score relay/individual triples
18 new US#1s set in Eugene
3 National Class records
24 Hayward Field records
3 NSAF Outdoor Nationals Meet Records
Meet of Champs/TON doublers


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