The 2017-18 school year may be just starting, but already we are looking foward to the 2018 New Balance Nationals Outdoor, the 28th edition of our outdoor nationals, scheduled for June 15-17, 2018, to Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.
The 27th edition of NBNO was wonderful from start to finish – that is, from the 3,000-meter race walk freshman class record by Taylor Ewert Friday morning to start the meet, to the thrilling 4x400-meter relay finales as Bullis MD and East Orange NJ completed their indoor/outdoor “doubles.” Despite some tightening of standards and entry limits, we welcomed more than 5,100 athletes this past June 16-18 – Father’s Day weekend – from 45 states, DC, Canada, Mexico and Germany.
Thanks to our wonderful partners and sponsors, there were so many great things to see, do and try, along with the action on the track and in the field. This was our 8th year with New Balance as our meet partner and we’re so grateful to them and Eastbay, our presenting sponsor, for providing pillars of support to our efforts.
In reviewing and remembering the 2017 championships, you may want to check out our NBNO All-American shoutout and our Meet Stats page, which analyzes the statistics and history of the meet in almost every possible fashion. You may also want to check out these Meet LINKS: COMPLETE RESULTS | Event-by-Event Results | NBNationals.com: Main Page - Video Page - Photo Page | NSAF Facebook Page | NSAF Twitter Feed.
Akeem Lindo and East Orange HS (NJ) outlean Thomas Burns and Miami Northwestern HS (FL) in an unforgettable NBNO 4x400 finish, 3:11.69 to 3:11.71, to cap off the 2017 meet Sunday. Photo by Walter Pinion.
We saw 3 national records, 4 national class records and 30 meet records (13 Championship, 15 Emerging Elite, 2 Freshman).
Here were some of the biggest highlights.
Senior throwers Jordan Geist (Knoch HS, PA) and Alyssa Wilson (Donovan Catholic HS, NJ) added to their tremendous legacies with four combined victories and two runner-up finishes. Geist smashed the shot put meet record with 76-0, #3 all-time; stunned with a 30-plus-foot PR and US#1 238-9 to win the hammer; and was 2nd in the discus. SP indoor/outdoor national-record-holder Wilson erased a 20-year-old discus meet record at 179-7, defended her shot title and was 2nd in the hammer. Full Story
Photos by Walter Pinion, Ross Dettman (for NBNationals.com) and Vic Sailer, Photorun.net
Alton Tyre, head T&F coach at Southeast Guilford HS in N.C. and Eric Merriweather, head coach of Sprint Athletics and founder of the AAAG, Inc., were given special awards during the Opening Ceremonies at NBNO. First, Alton Tyre was named the Mike Byrnes Coach of the Year and presented his plaque by Kevin Tumey and Steven Hayden. Then Eric Merriweather was presented with the John Chaplin Honorary Referee award by Jim Spier. Check out the full stories online: Coach of the Year Alton Tyre | Honorary Referee Eric Merriweather.
Photos by Walter Pinion.
A huge part of what made this NBNO better than ever was the introduction of our new RaceDay App. The event details, instant results, live streaming and event videos – among other features – created a whole new way to follow the meet for athletes, families, coaches, friends, fans, etc. There were more than 3,222 downloads of the app off Google Play and The App Store, more than 21,000 sessions and more than 300,000 screen views! Look for the RaceDay App at more NSAF events and other meets in the future!