Nov. 11, 2021 update
The National Scholastic Athletic Foundation (NSAF) recently announced the dates for both of its 2022 National Championships, setting the stage for a fantastic year of high school track & field at the highest level.
The 36th Indoor Nationals are set for March 11-13, 2022, marking our eagerly awaited debut at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y. Just over three months later, The 31st Outdoor Nationals, at Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, will make a triumphant return to Eugene on June 16-19.
NEW! We now have special qualifying rules for top finishers in XC meets wishing to enter the Championship 1-Mile, 2-Mile and 5000m. DETAILS HERE.
The NSAF is looking forward to again hosting The Indoor Nationals in 2022 after COVID-19 forced its cancellation in 2021. And the meet will have a new home, thanks to the partnership announced in September 2020 with the state-of-the-art Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex in Staten Island, N.Y.
In about five years, the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex -- led by Park Administrator Lauren Primerano and Director of Special Events Louis Vazquez -- has become one of the premier centers for track & field at all levels. The 135,000 square-foot, $93 million facility -- the first to be World Athletics-certified in the U.S. -- has hosted the 2019 Toyota USATF Championships, four years of the Hershey and USATF National Youth Championships, the New Jersey and New York state championships and several of the nation's largest and most prestigious invitationals, among others.
"We're thrilled to be able to partner with Ocean Breeze to host the 2021 Indoor Nationals," said NSAF Executive Director Jim Spier last September when the partnership was announced. "Since 2015, they've made a tremendous contribution to the sport of track & field at all levels with a world-class facility and world-class leadership. It's a privilege to have them joining us for this new beginning."
Ocean Breeze -- which opened in November, 2015 -- was funded by New York City's PlaNYC initiative, with construction managed in coordination with the NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC). The elite-level hydraulically-banked competition track can convert from eight to six lanes and incline up to 4.5 feet. You can read more details here.
More meet information details for The Indoor Nationals will be available in the weeks ahead.
The NSAF was involved with high school indoor national championships since the first Pathmark National Scholastic Classic in 1984 and has owned and operated its own indoor nationals since 1999. The NSAF’s meet has also been located in Columbus, Ohio; Landover, Md.; Boston; and, from 2010-19, the NYC Armory; and previous presenting sponsors have included Nike and New Balance.
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.