Track & Field and Cross-Country Bulletin for Mar 25, 2022

by Steve Underwood

An Unforgettable Nike Indoor Nationals
Debut for the NSAF at Ocean Breeze!

The record-setting 'A' and runner-up (still very fast) 'B' 4x1 Mile Relay teams from Saratoga Springs (Kinetic RC) provided arguably the biggest meet highlights. Photo by Steve Underwood/NSAF

The stands were full, the energy was high and the performances were breathtaking at the NSAF’s 2022 Nike Indoor Nationals, March 11-13, at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex on Staten Island, N.Y.

We saw 2,111 student-athletes from 727 teams and 42 states (including Hawaii), D.C. and two Canadian provinces pour into the meet’s bright, spacious new home and keep it abuzz for three great days. We saw them run, walk, hurdle, jump, vault and throw for 17 U.S. leaders (11 boys, 6 girls; leading mark performed at the meet or US leader present), 1 national record, 2 national class records (Freshman 2 Mile, Freshman Pole Vault) and nearly 30 new facility records for the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex.

The NSAF has been crowning national champions for more than 30 years and, thanks to the dozens of memorable performances that provided electrifying action and drama – and countless life-changing memories – this tradition has continued into 2022. And none of it would have been possible without many wonderful partners who have supported us this entire season, especially that weekend. Please read on for these fantastic athlete and partner stories!

Here are some of the most important links to recap the meet:

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Don't forget: If you competed at Nike Indoor Nationals, you have already qualifed for Nike Outdoor Nationals, June 16-19 at Hayward Field!

And check out the awesome rings and cool swag for All-Americans and Coaches from our partners at Baron Rings! 

Saratoga girls lead the NIN record and all-time list assault!

Below photo: 60m hurdles champ Akala Garrett. At lower right, triple and long jump champ Greg Foster.
Photos by Elijah A'gurs,

The above-mentioned national record was a doozy, as the girls of Saratoga Springs HS (NY) girls, known as Kinetic RC at national meets, smashed the previous 4x1 Mile Relay standard Saturday by more than 10 seconds with their 19:49.10.  The team of Ella Kurto, Alycia Hart, Mackenzie Hart and Emily Bush split 4:56.2, 5:00.1, 4:55.5 and 4:57.2, respectively. 

The performance had special meaning for the squad, and legendary coaches Art and Linda Kranick, since the previous record (19:59.24) was set 17 years ago this weekend in the Nike Indoor Nationals at the PG Sportsplex in Landover, MD.  The squad also came back the next day to claim the DMR title in 11:44.34.

All of the additional highlights are too numerous to list, but these were arguably the “cream of the crop”:



At left, 60m/200m champ Jordan Anthony; center, 400m champ Zaya Akins. Both photos by Elijah A'gurs,
At right, 400m champ Brad Sumner with parents Brad and Tosha. Photo by Steve Underwood/NSAF

Thanks to all of our awesome partners for making NIN possible!


It’s with tremendous gratitude that we thank everyone who made this meet possible, including the return to our Indoor Nationals of our partners from Nike, our new partners at Ocean Breeze who hosted us in this beautiful facility, and our online partners at and AthleticNET.  And joining us Indoors for the first time, getting everyone fired up about Nike Outdoor Nationals, were our partners from TrackTown USA and Hayward Magic!







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It was great to have Gatorade, our Official Sports Fuel Provider, almost everywhere you looked at NIN. Our 2000+ athletes needed to refuel after their tremendous efforts and, thanks to Gatorade, they were able to do so.

Next Up: Nike Outdoor Nationals at Hayward Field, June 16-19!

Don't forget: If you competed at Nike Indoor Nationals, you have already qualifed for 
Nike Outdoor Nationals, June 16-19 at Hayward Field!

See you in Eugene!


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