October, 2019 -- We're more than a month into the new school year and already we're looking forward to the 2020 New Balance Nationals Indoor at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory in NYC, set for Friday-Sunday, March 13-15, 2020!
This will be the 22nd indoor nationals since the NSAF started its own meet in 1999 and the 10th with our partners from New Balance. 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.
New for 2020, is the 4x100m relay! This event (qualifying and finals) will be held on Saturday, March 14, with the 4x55m shuttle hurdle relay no longer part of the schedule. Teams can use 4x200 marks for qualifying for the NBNI 4x100 and we also may see the 4x100 added to other invitationals during the regular season at The Armory. Also, don't forget we added the Mixed 4x400m Relay back in 2018 and are offering it again in 2020.
We couldn't do it without New Balance, or 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. Thanks to all of them for again working with us to make these three days the best in prep indoor T&F.
If it was records you wanted at the 2019 New Balance Nationals Indoor, you had plenty of those -- 25, in fact -- including 2 national and 14 new meet standards. But if you also wanted thrilling duels, harrowing finishes, stunning upsets and stirring come-from-behind efforts -- those were in abundance as well. How about freshman Roisin Willis in that girls' 800? Or that girls' mile with Taryn Parks tumbling over the line to prevail over Marlee Starliper by .003 (see photo at right)? And did you see jumper Jasmine Moore and putter Aiden Felty lose leads in their respective events, only to take them right back with clutch, winning efforts?
It was all part of the awesome March 8-10 weekend at the New Balance Track and Field Center at The Armory, where more than 3,700 athletes from 41 states (+DC), 4 Canadian provinces, Guyana and Antigua battled for 46 Championship titles -- plus in many more Emerging Elite, Freshman, Mixed and Junior High events.
The NSAF has been involved in putting on national indoor championships since 1983 and has held its own championship since 1999. This was our 9th indoor nationals with our outstanding partners from New Balance, to whom we are very grateful.
The Jungle, aka Loudoun Valley HS (VA), delivered an unprecedented distance relay triple at NBNI, shattering 2 national records. In Friday's DMR, Sam Affolder's anchor finished off a 9:54.41 -- beating Carlisle's 2017 mark while Affolder was a soph at that school. Then Jacob Hunter finished off a 17:01.81 4x1 mile Saturday noon that shaved .01 off The Jungle's own '18 record. Finally, they completed the triple by defending their 4x8 crown in 7:40.49 (#3 all-time).
Jasmine Moore, Roisin Willis, Justin Forde and Micah Williams were named the New Balance Indoor Athletes of the Meet for their individual-event performances on the track and in the field.
We thank New Balance for our long-term partnership that has made the 2nd weekend in March the greatest in indoor prep track and field, as well as all they do with The Armory to make it a great environment to keep everyone entertained as well as ready to compete! We hope you enjoyed the apparel, footwear, the music and everything else!
Thank you to Gatorade, our Official Sports Fuel Provider for again being part of the action and making sure everyone was hydrated and fueled up!
Thanks also to our exclusive national sports medicine research partner, Sanford Sports Science Institute (SSSI), and Sanford Health – an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakotas. The SSSI conducts research in conjunction with the NSAF to help with the development of future Olympic and World Championship hopefuls.
Those blazing batons you saw were courtesy of our NSAF Official Baton Supplier at RelayBatons.com. We hope all of the Championship relay winners enjoyed them and that many of you other teams had your own personalized relay batons created.
We hope many of you took advantage of the Recovery Zone on the track level at NBNI, sponsored by ROLL Recovery -- stretching and rolling out before, after, or between races and field events. Hope you also checked out the ROLL Recovery products and signed up for their giveaways.
And did you try an ElliptiGo while you were on-site during the weekend? It's the world’s first elliptical bicycle -- delivering a fun, comfortable and effective cardiovascular workout experience that inspires people and improves lives -- while eliminating impact on joints. Follow up at their website and Facebook Page.
Hope you also checked out the JAWKU Speed booth. One of our newest partners, JAWKU Speed is about performance - measure speed, agility, and reaction time. Getting fast is a mental and physical commitment, make every effort count. Visualize your performance over time on the app and get the accuracy of multi-thousand dollar timing systems condensed into technology that you wear on your wrist.
Did you score your free sample of ENERGICE? It's designed to give you a competitive edge by boosting hydration, energy and recovery through vitamins and potassium. It's a no-caffiene, no-stimulants and gluten-free solution to Cool Energy on the Go!
Our NBNI competition bibs were provided by Athlete Race Numbers, the Official Bib Printer of the NSAF -- and creator of our fabulous new record banners. Meet Directors, be sure to check out Athlete Race Numbers for your own meets and use the handy NSAF16 code to receive a discount.
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If you were near the jumping pits, you probably noticed Vulcam, which 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.
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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.