Looking at the results for the 2009 Nike Outdoor Nationals, the
Overall, what did you think of your experience at Nike Outdoor Nationals? (The atmosphere, competition level, the heat, the trip in general)
Courtney Siefert (Lloyd Memorial) – 5000m Run, Mile Run
I plan on doing it again next year, and I’m expecting greater things to happen. Hopefully, the heat won’t get me next time. Lol... 97 degrees isn't to fun to run in. It was a great experience! I've never ran with the competition I had up there. It was all new to me. I didn't do to well because I was so nervous. The athletes down there made up for it, though, and I plan on working harder, that way I get my chance to run with the big dogs twice as good.
Dalan Carter (
The atmosphere was incredible. The meet had by far the most talented runners in the country, and it was a blessing to be able to compete against such great athletes. The heat made you run faster so you could get off the track. And besides the bed bugs at the Econo Lodge everything else was amazing.
Emma Brink (Sacred Heart) 4:58.43 Mile Run
The Nike Outdoor Nationals was, without question, one of the most exciting experiences in my running career. The race, held in beautiful
Another bonus of the race was that I received an enroute 1500m time while running the mile race. I had no idea that I received a 1500m time and place until I read about it on Milesplit when I returned home. The atmosphere at NON was like going to a college race with the Jumbotron showing replays of previous races including many athletes that I have read about on National Milesplit. It also was great seeing familiar faces from
In addition, the location was perfectly placed;
Justin House (Apollo) 1:56.24 800m Run
The experience was great. How often do you have so many people who love the sport all at one place? Whether you excel or don’t quite perform as you had hoped at Nike you will still gain a lot from the experience.
The competition level is superb! You are never bored watching events at Nike and you never know when you might see a new record go down.
As for the heat I’d have to say it is worth it. With all the action going on you fail to notice the temperature, even while competing...
The whole trip was a blast. It's a long ride down but one well worth it.
Kyle Hocker (
It was a new insightful experience
Leigh Allin (Henry Clay) 10-11.50 Pole Vault
Nike was, hands down, the most exciting meet I've ever been to. The competition was outstanding, and I was able to meet some of the best athletes from around the country. I only wish I could've been there last year! I've never seen so many college coaches outside of a collegiate meet. Also, my coach at Virginia Tech got to watch me vault in person for the first time. I didn't vault as high as I would've liked (all my poles were too small after the adrenaline kicked in!), but I was just happy to have been there.
Regarding the heat--it was brutal 90+ degrees. Despite the heat, the meet officials did a great job trying to keep us cool. Three tents were set up by the runway and cold water was nearby which made the heat bearable.
The atmosphere was electric. No other high school meet brings in athletes of this caliber from all over the country like Nike does. It was also great preparation for next year, since meets will only get more competitive and have higher starting heights. I would encourage any athlete who qualifies to make the trip. Even if someone's just shy of the qualifying standard, I would still try to get in. I think about a quarter the vaulters were at least an inch or two shy of the 12-1 qualifying mark.
Overall, it was a fantastic weekend. I met a ton of great athletes and coaches, not to mention watched some really great performances! My only criticism is that is was a big money sucker, but the experience was definitely worth it and I would do it again if I could.
Matt Hillenbrand (St. Xavier) 1:54.31 800m Run
My time at Nike Outdoor Nationals was awesome. The atmosphere at Nike was amazing. It's not everyday that you get to watch Chalonda Goodman run a 22.9 (200m) or Reggie Wyatt hurdle a 49.78 (400m). Another thing is that everyone down there is so supportive of each other. Even if people don't know who you are they are still cheering, much like one girl I sat by who cheered for Emma and said she didn't know who she was, she was just cheering her on. Also, the competition level compared to
Nathan McKinney (
Being able to run at NON was a great accomplishment. Walking in you feel like it's a completely different universe but once we stepped on the track we felt right at home. The competition was great, unlike anything I've ever seen in
Patrick Stuart (
It was a great, tough competition. I really enjoyed the trip down there. The weather could have been much cooler, but I had to just get over that heat and throw. It was a great meet with a greater atmosphere
Robbie Scharold (
I think meets such as NIN and NON are great for the athletes who are capable of being competitive up there. By that I mean you don't send a 800 runner to NIN, more like a or faster indoor runner not their lifetime best. You go to those kinds of meets to perform your best on a much bigger stage than anything our state has to offer. The number of college coaches/scouts at these meets is unbelievable and the exposure you get is just amazing.
I don't believe that the heat was a problem for
Also, when you run at these meets there is a significant amount of LESS stress than at your typical
The experience is simply enough to encourage more athletes to come, seeing guys that you only read about online actually performing at such high levels and making it look effortless is simply amazing. Just recognizing all the talent makes you realize how much better you can get and it helps to feed that desire within yourself.
As for the atmosphere of the meet, there is nothing like NIN, NON and MDG. MDG was especially amazing cause you are aware that every single athlete there is a distance runner and the crowd is so knowledgably. It was just an unreal experience running at MDG. Instead of getting nervous for a race you get pumped up after watching your fellow distance runners blaze the track it makes you believe, hey if they can do it why can't I? The atmosphere alone is enough to push a runner let alone the competition.
It is my firm belief that
Ryan Smith (
Nike Outdoor Nationals can be described in one word ELECTRIC! From the moment you come into
Now with every great meet there are some downsides. Number one if you ride by car from the
But does the good outweigh the bad ABSOLUTELY!!!!!!! We need more