The 2018-19 school year is close at hand and we're already beginning to look forward to the 2019 New Balance Nationals Indoor at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory in NYC! It will be the 21st indoor nationals since the NSAF started its own meet in 1999 and the 9th with our partners from New Balance. We expect to open registration in October.
We typically host more than 3,500 of the country's best track and field student-athletes from 40+ states and Canadian provinces, all of them looking to run, hurdle, jump, throw and walk their way to titles and All-American honors in 48 boys' and girls' Championship events -- plus 40 more Emerging Elite and Freshman events. We added the Mixed 4x400m Relay last year and expect to offer it again in 2019.
We couldn't do it without our special partners and friends at New Balance; we thank them for again working with us (going on 9 years now indoors) to make these three days the best in prep indoor T&F. We also thank all of our other partners and sponsors, plus all of the great staff, officials and volunteers who work tirelessly with the NSAF here at NBNI every year.
Stellar competition all weekend long. Nearly 40 records and many more near-records. Three thrilling days of watching the nation’s best runners, jumpers, vaulters, throwers and walkers. Yes, we had it all during our 2018 New Balance Nationals Indoor, March 9-11 – the 35th indoor championships we have hosted since 1983. More than 3,500 athletes from 44 states (+DC), 5 Canadian provinces and Germany owned the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory during March 9-11 – and four National Records, 16 Meet Records, 11 national Class Records and seven Armory Records were established in the Championship, Emerging Elite, Freshman and (new in 2018) Junior High and Mixed categories!
Just as impressive, in some cases, were those who just missed records – such as Anthony Schwartz and Tia Jones coming within a few hundredths (see below) of sprint and hurdle marks; a boys’ pole vault with two 18-footers for the first time; and a DMR with a best-ever three teams at 10-flat or better.
We are most grateful for our outstanding partners at New Balance –celebrating our 8th indoor nationals with them – for working with us all year to fashion another breathtaking NBNI. Thanks also to our great Presenting Sponsors at Eastbay. We hope you enjoyed what New Balance and Eastbay had to offer in their respective stores and booths and checked out their apparel, footwear and much more.
We’re also filled with gratitude for our staff, officials and volunteers who serve with us during this wonderful event with us all weekend long. And a huge thanks to our partners at Runnerspace.com, who produced another super webcast, web site and library of videos and photos. Some key links: NBNationals.com | FULL RESULTS | NBNI Home | Interviews on NSAF Facebook.
We hope you downloaded our new NSAF Race Day app during the NBNI weekend! To review the thrilling weekend’s races, field events, results, Sunday interviews and much more, get the app on iTunes or Google Play by searching for NSAF Race Day – or go to https://raceday-nationalscholastic.org/
The following individuals received the following annual NSAF awards at our NBNI Opening Ceremonies Sunday. Please read about them in our NBNI meet program, which includes stories about our new National HS T&F Hall of Fame and much more!
In addition to New Balance and Eastbay, the meet wouldn’t have been the same without all of our other great partners and sponsors. We’ve been grateful to have Gatorade on board; this was their first NBNI with us. They joined us last spring as our Official Sports Fuel Provider.
We hope our NBNI relay champions all enjoyed the special batons at the awards from our Official Baton Suppliers at RelayBatons.com, and that all of the relay entrants liked the custom batons in their packets, as well!
And did you make it to the trackside Recovery Zone, sponsored by ROLL Recovery, and try out their outstanding products? Or did you check out Elliptigo’s booth nearby and give their amazing elliptical bicycle a spin? You can learn more at the websites linked above.
Also, did you see the smartphone cameras at some of the field event venues? Vulcam offers the revolutionary floating viewpoint and multi smartphone video capture, wireless video transfers and a simple intuitive interface to help coaches and athletes analyze movement in track and field events.
Thanks to our Official Bib Printer, Athlete Race Numbers. Meet Directors, check out their site for your own meets and use the handy NSAF16 code to receive a discount.
We also offer big thanks to the sponsors and supporters below:
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.