The connection is strong between Team #USATFU20, the NSAF and NBN championships

by Steve Underwood

The USATF Under-20 Championships at Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Florida this past weekend (#USATFU20) yielded some fantastic results -- some expected and some quite surprising -- and an intriguing mix of student-athletes for the U.S. Pan American Under-20 squad. The tentative Team USA roster (PDF) for the July 18-21 event in San Jose, Costa Rica, based on the results of three days of action, also is loaded with athletes having strong NSAF and NBN connections -- as displayed in this outstanding infographic (PDF) from our partners at TRACS, Inc. The infographic is also displayed in image (.jpg) form further down this page.

USATF will release the official roster soon in the days ahead.

This unofficial roster, compiled by the NSAF's Jim Spier, breaks down the team in three ways. First, the men's and women's rosters are listed by event. Then follows a list of the athletes ordered by university (including just graduated seniors entering college this fall) and then high school -- for those underclassmen that made the squad. Finally, there is a third list ordered by state (where each athlete is originally from).

The list-by-event is also accompanied by athletes' top finishes at New Balance Nationals Outdoor, where applicable, and reveals a fascinating blend of champions and All-American finishers with those who did excel at that level -- but have since made great improvements that have elevated them to championship levels. A total of 63 of the 84 athletes on the team competed in at least one NBN indoor or outdoor championship.

The tentatiave Team USA also includes 14 athletes who have been part of either Team NSAF squads for international outdoor meets in Cuba and the Bahamas the past three years and a 2019 indoor meet in Iceland, the past three Iron Wood Throws Classics, or trained with the NSAF's Project Javelin and Triple Jump.

The TRACS, Inc. infographic focuses on the Team USA experiences in NSAF(NBN) competition and Team NSAF events, displayed in a very attractive style that makes abundantly clear how connected participation is between NSAF events and Team USA qualification. In summary, about 75 percent of Team USA athletes had NSAF experience.

More coverage to come of the USATF U20 Champs and the upcoming Pan Am U20 Champs!


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