18th Nike Outdoor Nationals

June 19-21, 2008 - North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro NC

Donna on the Side

by Donna Dye

Part 1 - intro
Part 2 - on the side
Part 3 - sprints
Part 4 - distance
Part 5 - relays
Part 6 - jumps
Part 7 - throws
Part 8 - the wave

Greensboro NC, a city that's celebrating its bicentennial
(1808 - 2008) and the 4th year of the Nike Outdoor Nationals


The Scene

Most people visiting Boston, Valley Forge or Yorktown might think Revolutionary War. But few visitors to Greensboro, North Carolina, think that way. And yet, "The largest, most hotly-contested battle of the Revolutionary War's Southern Campaign was fought at the small North Carolina back county hamlet of Guilford Courthouse." At the head of the American troops was General Nathanael Greene, Washington's best trusted subordinate, a military leader and strategist. Although Greene lost fewer troops than the British (6-7% compared to 28% for the British), he lost the battle. Even so, this battle is considered a significant factor in an American victory in the Revolutionary war.

The city of Greensboro and one of its main streets are named after General Greene. Today, General Greene's story, the tale of this battle, and its significance to American victory in the Revolutionary war is told at the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park which is located in the city of Greensboro. Learn more about this little known battle at the park or at http://www.nps.gov/guco.

And so, Greensboro with its battle history sets the stage for athletes on a different kind of battlefield.....this one made of Mondo.

right, Statue of General Greene in downtown Greensboro recently
dedicated as part of the city's bicentennial celebration this year.
Now, on to the meet!

Doubling and Tripling the Stars in your Eyes

German Fernandez: What a meet he had! Two National Records! Wow!
German German
Mike Shaw
triple gold -- 100m, 4x200, 4x400
Chalonda Goodman
double gold -- 100m and 200m
Spencer Adams
double gold -- 110m and 400m hurdles

Blazin' Raiders (Eleanor Roosevelt MD)
triple gold -- 4x400, 4x400, 1600 sprint medley
Waggoner Raiders (Trotwood-Madison OH)
double gold -- 4x200 and 4x400
Warwick Valley NY
double gold -- 4x800 and DMR

A Superstar in the House - Carl Lewis


Larry Rawson, NSSF Board member and Emmy award winning ESPN sports announcer,
introduces 10-Olympic medal winner Carl Lewis

Carl Lewis won 10 Olympic medals including 9 golds, and 10 World Championship medals, of which 8 were golds, in a career that spanned from 1979 to 1997 when he retired after winning an Olympic medal. He was both a sprinter (100m and 200m) and a long jumper. Today, Carl is engaged in many activities including The Carl Lewis Entertainment Group and The Carl Lewis Foundation, which serves as an umbrella for the many charities that Carl Lewis supports, including the College Fund (formerly known as the United Negro College Fund), The Wendy Marx Foundation (for organ donor awareness) and the UNCF Walkathon in Houston. He is also involved in the “Best Buddies,” program as a Board Member; “Best Buddies” integrates people with special needs into society.

Carl Lewis visits with kids in the stands.
When you get an autograph from Carl Lewis, you also get a big smile.
He spends a great deal of time with admirers, athletes, fans .....considerably more than you usually find with professional athletes at high school meets. And all the while he is warm, charming, listens and laughs with his fans.


Awards and Honorees

NSSF board member John Blackburn with awardees John Jones and KB Brown. John Jones (l) was named Honorary Referee and KB Brown (r) is the NSSF Rising Star Coach. All have the distinction of being from the great state of South Carolina.



Part 1 - intro
Part 2 - on the side
Part 3 - sprints
Part 4 - distance
Part 5 - relays
Part 6 - jumps
Part 7 - throws
Part 8 - the wave



Now a look at Marlton.