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Date is set for 2020 NBNO!

November 2019 update

The 2020 New Balance Nationals Outdoor, the 30th edition of our outdoor nationals, is set for June 18-21, 2020, at Aggie Stadium in Greensboro, N.C.  We will once again make North Carolina A&T State's BB&T Stadium erupt with the electrifying performances of the nation's best high school -- and now junior high school -- runners, jumpers, throwers, walkers and relay crews. NBNO has grown to more than 7,000 athletes from almost every state, as well as Canada and other nations, and we expect more of the same in 2020! This will be our 11th NBNO since we joined forces with our great partners from New Balance.


The girls of Bullis School edge DeSoto TX in the climactic 4x400 at NBNO! Photo by Walter Pinion.

2019 NBNO was bigger and better than ever!!

We'll never forget the 2019 New Balance Nationals Outdoor -- the year we expanded to four days, welcomed nearly 1,500 more athletes to Greensboro and saw the meet reach new heights.

Our outdoor nationals -- launched in 1991 and held for the 10th time this spring with our much-appreciated partners from New Balance -- have always been about a FULL championship program and outstanding depth of competition. The waves of great athletes and performances started Thursday morning with the Junior High and Freshman competitors (14 new events) and didn't let up until the final Championship 4x400s were contested (and swept by Bullis School) Sunday afternoon. Nearly 7,000 of the nation's best runners, jumpers, throwers, walkers and relay crews from 49 states (including Alaska!), D.C., Canada, Puerto Rico and Barbados converged on Irwin Belk Track at North Carolina's BB&T Stadium.

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Who were the most outstanding performers and performances at NBNO?

Athletes of the Meet

  • Kayla Davis (Providence Day, NC fr) was Girls Track Athlete of the Meet for her meet and freshman class national record 51.17 to win a super loaded 400m. Her time was also an age-15 U.S. and World standard.
  • Yariel Soto (Centerville, OH sr) was Boys Field Athlete of the Meet for his meet record 7,509-point decathlon victory (#7 all-time HS) -- which included a 24-3.5 long jump and 15-11 pole vault (photo at right by Laura Duffy,
  • Chloe Cunliffe (West Seattle, WA sr) was Girls Field Athlete of the Meet for her meet record 14-4.75 pole vault (#6  performance all-time HS; already HSR-holder with 14-8 PR).
  • Joseph Fahnbulleh (Hopkins, MN sr) was Boys Track Athlete of the Meet for his 100m/200m double (10.35/20.67w) and for also anchoring two All-American Relays (4x100 2nd, 4x200 4th).

More championship meet and class records

  • Kurt Powdar (Oscar Smith VA sr) defended his '18 110H title with a meet record 13.27, #4 all-time HS.
  • Morgan Smalls (Panther Creek NC jr) added the outdoor girls' HJ meet record to her NBNI mark, winning with 6-2.25 (#7 a-t). (photo at right by Victah Sailor,
  • Taylor Ewert (Beavercreek OH jr), with her MR 6:33.61 2kST, also became a two-time champ (along with the '17 3k RW crown).
  • Sydney Masciarelli (Marianapolis Prep CT soph) ran a sophomore class standard 16:16.20 to win the 5,000m, then doubled back the next day to win the 2M at 10:11.99.
  • Bryanna Craig (Millville CT frosh) smashed the 9th-grade heptathlon standard with her 4,958-point triumph.

Relay superlatives

  • The Bullis School MD girls swept the Swedish medley, shuttle hurdle (56.74 #10 a-t) and 4x400m (US#1 3:39.62) relays and were 2nd in the 4x200.
  • The Bullis boys also won the Swedish medley (1:52.41) and 4x400 (3:09.86) relays, both US#1 and the first just .02 off the HSR, and were 2nd in the 4x2.
  • The Fort Bend Marshall TX boys came in and dominated the 4x100 (40.69) and 4x200 (1:24.41).
  • With Kurt Powdar and 400H champ Aaron Shirley, Track 7-5-7 (Oscar Smith HS) took the boys' shuttle hurdles in 57.28 (#10 all-time).
  • Cathedral HS of Indiana clocked a US-leading 9:58.91 for the boys' DMR, anchored by Cole Hocker's 4:08.93. (photo at right by Walter Pinion)
  • And the Highland Springs VA boys and girls sped to a 3:27.90 4x400, the fastest ever for a mixed relay.

Also very impressive...

  • Britton Wilson (Mills Godwin VA sr) ruled the 400H in 56.77, #7 all-time.
  • Thelma Davies (Girard College PA sr) came within .01 of the 200 meet record with her 22.95 (though wind-aided).
  • Kelsey Chmiel (Saratoga Springs NY sr) was 2nd in the 5k (16:18.57), then came from 11th place to anchor Kinetic RC's winning 4x1 Mile (4:46.62 leg) in her final HS race. (Photo at right by Walter Pinion)
  • Jayla Jamison (Airport HS, SC) was another super impressive freshman, taking 3rd's in the 100 (11.56), 200 (23.19w) and long jump (19-11.75).
  • Soph Michaela Rose (Suffolk VA) won the 800 (2:04.58) after taking 2nd in the 400H (58.86) a few hours before and winning the EE 400 two days earlier.

Meet Program

In case you missed it, the NSAF once again published its NBNO meet program exclusively as a FREE PDF file for you to read or download from your smartphone, tablet, laptop or desktop computer!  Here is a link to details for our 50-page 2019 NBNO Meet Program (7.6MB) for your enjoyment. It's packed with profiles, stats and more. Make sure you read the profiles of our Coach of the Year Glover Smiley and Honorary Referee Doriane Lambelet Coleman.

Off the track in Greensboro

We hope that when you were looking for something to do in Greensboro during a break from the track, you took time to check out the International Civil Rights Center and Museum. Our friends at the Museum told us more than 400 folks from the meet came and benefited from the tour discount offered to all involved with NBNO. This is a must-see regarding historic Civil Rights events in Greensboro and beyond. To learn more about the museum, go HERE for details.


A shoutout and thanks to all of our partners and sponsors!

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We were grateful to have Primo Water, our Official Water Sponsor, and Gatorade, our Official Sports Fuel Provider, on hand with us as the temperatures rose each day during NBNO. Athletes were seen all over the facility re-fueling with Gatorade and/or filling up their water bottles at the Primo Hydration Stations. The heat would be extremely challenging to deal with if not for those two long-time sponsors.

We welcomed a new vendor to NBNO this year: Inclusive Randomness, a black-owned pin back button company based out of Houston. They were busy all weekend, as student-athletes love their quirky, crazy, ratchet, black pride, and black pop culture buttons with a message for their backpacks and clothing.

The NSAF was again proud to work with our Exclusive Baton Partner, Their ability to provide commemorative custom batons to each relay team entered and the awarding of commemorative All-American batons (top 6 relay teams in the championship relays) is a huge addition to the meet. It's great to see the kids' faces when they get batons with their school name or during awards.

Numerous athletes were seen checking out the Recovery Zone at NBNO, sponsored by ROLL Recovery! They appreciated the space to stretch and roll out before, after, or between races and field events. They also signed up for giveaways and were able to purchase ROLL Recovery products at special discounted event pricing.

We were also grateful to have Chill Skinz with us at NBNO. Their instant cooling towels and headwear provided a lot of relief to overheated athletes, coaches and fans. Hope you checked out their booth and tried their products!

Speaking of trying new things, hope everyone got to step onto an ElliptiGo at NBNO. It's the world’s first elliptical bicycle which delivers a fun, comfortable and effective cardiovascular workout experience that inspires people and improves their lives -- while eliminating impact on joints. They have helped Great Oaks High School and Coach Doug Soles build a national distance dynasty out of Temecula, California. Learn more at their website and Facebook Page.

We're also glad for our Exclusive National Sports Medicine Research Partners from the Sanford Sports Science Institute (SSSI). Sanford Health – an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. They conduct research in conjunction with the NSAF to help with the development of future Olympic and World Championship hopefuls. We'll be with them later this summer for our 3rd annual special combined Project Javelin Gold and Project Triple Jump clinic August 8-11 at their modern complex in Sioux Falls. The clinic is open to any interested athletes and coaches.

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Record multi-angle video with your existing iPhones

VULCAM, a partner of NSAF, launched its app-only video solution at 2019 NBNO. You can now download VULCAM onto your iPad, download VULCAM EYE to any iOS camera devices, and start capturing your own time-synchronized multi-viewpoint video.

With over 200,000 recordings of US Olympic athletes, VULCAM’s simple and straightforward technology has proven to help coaches and athletes in performance improvement, injury prevention, rehabilitation, and so on.

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