NIKE ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL “NIKE TRACK NATIONALS” COMPETITION
Competition Opens March 1, culminating in National Championship
Event at Legendary Hayward Field July 2
BEAVERTON, ORE (March
3, 2010) – Today Nike opened registration and announced details
for the Nike Track Nationals competition, the first ever national championship
competition to name the best high school track and field program in
the United States.
With the goal of crowing a true national
track and field champion, Nike Track Nationals consists of a four-month
virtual competition that will select the top 12 boys and top 12 girls
programs to compete at legendary Hayward Field for the Nike Track National
Title the night before the Prefontaine Classic.
“We are excited to bring Nike Track
Nationals to young high school aged runners as a way to recognize the
unique and diverse athletic abilities it takes to make up a winning
team” said Amy White, Nike’s Vice President of North America Running.
“Track & field has traditionally been looked at from an individual
sport perspective but for the first time ever, high school aged teams
across the country will be recognized as a whole and a national champion
will be crowned.”
From March 1 - June 13 all track &
field clubs are invited to compete in the virtual competition at www.NikeTrackNationals.com.
Coaches will update marks weekly to see how their squad ranks against
state, regional, and national competition. Upon completion of the virtual
competition, the top club in each of eight regions will automatically
qualify for Nike Track Nationals competition in Eugene, Oregon on July
2, and the next four highest scoring clubs from any region will round
out the twelve team field.
Clubs will compete in ten track and field events including: 100m, 110/100m Hurdles, 400m, 800m, Mile, Long Jump,
High Jump, Pole Vault, Shot Put, Discus Throw. Each team is allowed
to enter their top mark for each event, with a two-event maximum per
individual athlete. Those marks will then be scored in decathlon fashion
with performance marks awarded a point score. Although competition consists
of ten events, the lowest scoring event will be dropped, making the
total score the sum of their best nine events. The highest score takes
homes the crown.
March 1: Online competition begins at www.NikeTrackNationals.com
May 3: Must be registered
June 13: Last day marks will be accepted
June 15: National qualifiers announced / final standings released
July 2: National Championships in Eugene,
For more information and coach/team registration, visit: www.NikeTrackNationals.com.