2019 NSAF Select Meet schedule offers great opportunities

by Steve Underwood

Outstanding national-class track and field meets – and the highly motivated prep athletes who travel to compete in them – all benefit from the NSAF’s Select Meet program.

Each year the NSAF provides funding for athlete travel to a group of specific, high-quality track and field meets around the country. The program, which has been in existence for more than 15 years, was created to assist developing athletes in getting outside of their regions to events offering a stronger competitive experience, while also assisting in the growth and level of competition at those specific meets. Grant recipients are determined by a collaboration between the NSAF and the meet directors.

The 2018-19 schedule of NSAF Select Meets began with the Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival this past Sunday, Dec. 30. That meet was the first of the “BIG3” High School Series at Ocean Breeze – which also includes the Ocean Breeze Freedom Games on Jan. 5-6 (HS and Youth), plus the Ocean Breeze Invitational on Jan. 20 (Youth) and Jan. 26-27 (HS).

Also highlighting the Select Meet indoor season are the VA Showcase at Liberty U. in Lynchburg, VA on Jan. 18-19; the Mondo Elite HS Invitational at the JDL Fast Track in Winston-Salem, NC on Jan. 25-26 (formerly RHFit Elite Pro); the new Bullis Champion Speed Invite at The Armory in NYC, also on Jan. 26; and the 41st Annual Simplot Games in Pocatello, ID on Feb. 14-16.

The extensive outdoor Select Meet schedule includes several major events that have been part of the NSAF slate for many years, plus some newer (and brand new) additions to the schedule. The mainstays include the Arcadia Invitational, Mobile Challenge of Champions, Bojangles T&F Classic and the post-season Great Southwest Classic. The “newcomers” include the Chandler Rotary Invite, Bob Hayes Invitational, Beach Run Invitational, Bulldog Invitational and Howard Wood Dakota Relays.

Here is the full 2018-19 schedule of NSAF Select Meets, with dates, location, meet directors and links:

Meet Date Location Meet Director/Contact
Ocean Breeze Holiday Festival Dec. 30, 2018 Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, NY Lou Vasquez
Ocean Breeze Freedom Games Jan. 5-6, 2019 Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, NY Lou Vasquez
VA Showcase Jan. 18-19, 2019 Liberty U., Lynchburg, VA Nolan Jez
Ocean Breeze Invitational Jan. 20 & 26-27, 2019 Ocean Breeze, Staten Island, NY Lou Vasquez
Mondo Elite HS Invitational Jan. 25-26, 2019 JDL Fast Track, Winston-Salem, NC Craig Longhurst
Bullis Champion Speed Invite Jan. 26, 2019 The Armory, New York, NY Joe Lee/Tim Fulton
Simplot Games Feb. 14-16, 2019 Holt Arena, Pocatello, ID Greg Burch
Bob Hayes Invitational March 15-16, 2019 William M. Raines HS, Jacksonville, FL Yvonne Smith
Chandler Rotary Invitational March 22-23, 2019 Chandler HS, Chandler, AZ Dave Shapiro
Mobile Challenge of Champions April 5-6, 2019 St. Paul's Episcopal HS, Mobile, AL Steve Schoenwald
Arcadia Invitational April 5-6, 2019 Arcadia HS, Arcadia, CA Rich Gonzalez
Beach Run Invitational April 5-6, 2019 Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, Myrtle Beach, SC Jeff Jacobs
Bojangles T & F Classic April 12-13, 2019 Spring Valley HS, Columbia, SC Kevin Shaw
Bulldog Invitational April 13, 2019 Bullis HS, Potomac, MD Joe Lee
Howard Wood Dakota Relays May 3-4, 2019 Howard Wood Stadium, Sioux Falls, SD Kristi Rieger/Denise Klein
Great Southwest Classic May 30-June 1, 2019 U. of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM John Haaland


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