Spring Track State Meet Qualifying Methods for all 50 States

It's a question we get here a lot at MileSplit.  Now we have an answer.  Dean Hays of the Missouri Track & Cross Country Coaches Association tallied all the qualifying procedues for all 50 states.  Find out below what makes New York unique.

 

 

Alabama

Number of Schools:  388

Number of Classifications:  6 Classes: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A

Class Structure:  Classes are determined by football with 64 schools in each class and Class 1A taking the remainder.  Any school not playing football is assigned to a class based on those enrollment numbers that define each of the football classes.

State Meet Events:  Alabama runs the standard 17 events plus throws the rubber-tipped javelin.

Athlete Entries: 4 events

School Entries:  3 per individual event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Each class has four Sectional Meets held over two days.  The top five in each event at each Sectional Meet qualify for the state meet plus the next four best performances meeting minimum qualifying standards for a maximum of 24 entries per event.

State Meet Structure:  Alabama holds two coed state meets over a two day time period the first weekend of May with 1A-2A-3A at one site and 4A-5A-6A at a second site.

Boys State Meet:  Since 1925                                      Girls State Meet:   Since 1972

Indoor State Meet:  Yes  

Wheelchair Events:  Discus, javelin, shot put, 100, 200, 400, 800 and 1600.  Events are held at the Class 4A-5A-6A State Meet as an open class meet

Something Different in Alabama: Alabama holds a state championship in the heptathlon and the decathlon a week and a half after the state track meets. 


 

Alaska

Number of Schools:  107

Number of Classifications:  2 Classes: Class 1A-2A-3A and Class 4A as the other

Class Structure:  The largest 20 schools are in 4A with 1A-2A-3A having the remainder of the schools.

State Meet Events:  Alaska runs the standard 17 events, except for the pole vault.  In addition, they also run the 4X200 relay. 

Athlete Entries:   4 events

School Entries:  3 per individual event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Each class has four Regional Meets.  In 1A-2A-3A, the regional winner plus the next 4 best performances qualify for the state meet for a maximum of 8 in each event.  In Class 4A individual events the regional winner plus the next 12 best performances qualify for the state meet with a maximum of 16 in each event.  In relay events, the next four fastest times qualify for a maximum of eight entries.  Any student enrolled fulltime in a statewide correspondence program may also qualify for the State Meet as an at-large entrant in addition to the other entries without displacing any other entrants.

Boys State Meet:  Since 1975                                      Girls State Meet:   Since 1975

State Meet Structure:  Alaska holds one coed state meet over a two day time period the third weekend of May.

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Alaska:  At the state meet, Alaska awards an outstanding competitor award, team sportsmanship award and, with a minimum of 5 members on the team to be eligible, academic team awards for each gender.


 

Arizona

Number of Schools:  220

Number of Classifications:  4 Divisions: I, II, III and IV

Division Structure:  There are roughly the same number of schools per division.

State Meet Events:  Arizona runs the standard 17 events.   

Athlete Entries:  4 events

School Entries:  4 per individual event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  There are no qualifying meets.  Each division has a maximum of 24 entries per event based on automatic and provisional qualifying marks with a maximum of 4 from one school.

State Meet Structure:  Arizona holds the four coed state meets over a four day time period the second week of May.  Prelims and some finals in Division I and II are held on Wednesday and Division III and IV on Friday.  Finals in all other events are held on Saturday for all four divisions.

Boys State Meet:  Since 1912                                      Girls State Meet:   Since 1974

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Arizona:  At the Divisions III/IV state meets, the state supplies the shot and discus – no individual implements may be used.  Prelims are not held in the 4X100 relay or the 4X400 relay but are heats against time.


 

Arkansas

Number of Schools:  304

Number of Classifications:  7 Classes: IA, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A, 7A

Class Structure:  Classes are determined by football playing schools.  The largest 16 schools are in class 7A, the next 16 in class 6A, the next 32 in class 5A, the next 48 in class 4A, the next 48 in class 3A, the next 48 in class 2A and the rest in Class 1A.  Any school not playing football is assigned to a class based on those enrollment numbers that define the football classes.

State Meet Events:  Arkansas runs the standard 17 events. 

Athlete Entries:  6 events, but no more than 4 can be running.

School Entries:  4? Per individual event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  In class 7A and class 6A, the top six in each event at the two conference meets qualify for the state meet.  In class 5A the top four in each event of the two conference meets qualify for the state meet.  In the four lower classes, the top in each event at the conference meets qualify to the state meet.  Additional qualifiers are from those meeting the qualifying standard at the conference meets or at a regular season certified meet.  The limit of additional qualifiers in running events is that it shall not exceed the number that can be accommodated by one additional heat.  In field events, the limit shall be eight additional qualifiers.  Those qualifiers must be from meets with implements weighed and wind gauges used.

State Meet Structure:  Arkansas holds the seven coed class meets at 7 different sites on the first Saturday of May.

Boys State Meet:  Since 1920                                      Girls State Meet:   Since 1974

Indoor State Meet:  Yes, but by the Arkansas Track Coaches Association.

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Arkansas:  Prelims are not held in the 400 or 4X400 relay.  Arkansas holds a state meet of champions.  The event champion in each class meet plus the next 5 best performances qualifies for this meet.  No prelims are held on the track – all are heats against time.  Arkansas holds a decathlon and heptathlon state championship following the state meet of champions.


 

California

Number of Schools:  1500+

Number of Classifications:  1

Class Structure:  NA

State Meet Events:  California runs the standard 17 events except for the 4X800 relay. 

Athlete Entries:  4 events

School Entries:  2? Plus those that meet the At-Large standard

Qualifying for the State Meet:  A total of 27 entries in each event qualify automatically from each section per a formula from the CIF.  At-large entries are those that have met or exceeded the standard in their event at the section meet.

State Meet Structure:  California holds their coed state meet over two days on the first weekend in June.  Preliminaries in all events except the 3200 are held on Friday with 9 qualifying for the finals in all running events and no more than 12, due to ties, in the field events.

Boys State Meet:  Since 1915                                      Girls State Meet:   Since 1974

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in California:  The javelin, hammer and steeplechase can be contested as exhibition events at the section meets.


 

Colorado

Number of Schools:  314

Number of Classifications:  5 classes: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A

Class Structure:  Class 1A is those with enrollment up to 85 students (60 schools), Class 2A up to 240 (57), Class 3A up to 600 (60), Class 4A up to 1410 (70), Class 5A above 1440 (64)

State Meet Events:  Colorado runs the standard 17 events plus the 4X200 relay and the 800 medley  for girls only.

Athlete Entries:  4 events

School Entries:  no limit

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Qualifying for the state meet are the top 18 performances in each event as recorded during the season in Class 5A through Class 2A and the top 9 performances in each event in Class 1A (12 in field events, distance events, and 4x800).  If ties cannot be broken, then all advance.  Wind-gauges must be used to verify marks.

State Meet Structure:  Colorado holds their coed state meet over three days the third weekend of May with all 5 classes participating.

Boys State Meet:                                                             Girls State Meet:  

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Colorado:  Colorado will not allow any practice on Sunday in any sport.  Schools may petition to play up a class or, under certain conditions, down a class.


 

Connecticut

Number of Schools:  170

Number of Classifications:  5 classes: S, M, MM, L, LL.

Class Structure:  Approximately the same number of schools are in the larger 4 classes with the remainder in Class S.  Cutoffs for boys are 324, 441, 609, 790.  Girl’s cutoffs are slightly different.

State Meet Events:  Connecticut runs the standard 17 events plus the javelin.

Athlete Entries:  3 events.  Being listed as an alternate on a relay counts as an event.

School Entries:  3 plus any meeting qualifying mark.

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Qualifying for the state meet are those that have equaled or bettered during the regular season the qualifying mark for that event.  The top 5 from each event of the division meets qualify for the overall state championship meet along with all those who meet the automatic qualifying standard.

State Meet Structure:  Connecticut holds their coed state meets over three consecutive days at two different sites.  Each meet lasts only one day. The top 6 finishers from the overall state meet qualify for the New England championship.

Boys State Meet:  Since 1929                                      Girls State Meet:   Since 1969

Indoor State Meet:  Yes

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Connecticut:    Connecticut has a decathlon and heptathlon state championship along with a steeplechase, and hammer state championship held at the same time about a week after the overall state championship.


 

Delaware

Number of Schools:  89

Number of Classifications:  2 Divisions: I and II.

Division Structure:  The largest 15 schools are Division I with the rest in Division II.

State Meet Events:  Delaware runs the standard 17 events plus the 4X200 relay

Athlete Entries:   

School Entries:  3 per individual event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Qualifying for the state meet are those that have equaled or bettered during the regular season the qualifying mark for that event.  Relay teams do not have qualifying standards.

State Meet Structure:  Delaware holds their coed state meets on the third weekend of May over 2 days.  Only the high hurdles, 100 and 200 run prelims.  Competitors for the Delaware meet of champions are selected from the division state meets with the top 2 in each division meet plus the next four best performances.

Boys State Meet:                                                             Girls State Meet:   

Indoor State Meet:  Yes

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Delaware:  No individual may bring a shot or discus into the stands

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Florida

Number of Schools:  567

Number of Classifications:  4 classes: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A 

Class Structure:  The classes have approximately the same number of schools per class.

State Meet Events:  Florida runs the standard 17 events.

Athlete Entries:   

School Entries:  4 per individual event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Florida has 16 district meets in each class.  The top 4 from each district advance to 4 regional meets.  The top 4 from each regional qualify for the state meet. 

State Meet Structure:  Florida holds their coed state meets on the last weekend in April and the first weekend in May.  Class 1A and 2A are on the first weekend with the class 1A meet on Friday and the class 2A meet on Saturday.  On the second weekend, class 3A is on Friday and class 4A on Saturday.  Prelims are held only in the 100, 200, high hurdles, the 4X100 relay and, for class 3A and 4A only, the 400.  The 800, 4X400 relay, 4X800 relay and, at the class 1A and 2A level, the 400 are ran as 2 sections against time.

Boys State Meet:   Since 1915                                     Girls State Meet:   Since 1975   

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  Yes

Something Different in Florida:  Florida also has an adapted track division with division I being those with disabilities in the lower extremities and division II being those with disability in both the lower and upper extremities.  The top 16 performances submitted advance to the state finals.  Events are the 200, 800 and shot put.


 

Georgia

Number of Schools:  437

Number of Classifications:  5 classes: A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA 

Class Structure:  Class AAAAA has about 64 schools, Classes AAAA, AAA, AA around 90 schools each and class A the rest at 112.

State Meet Events:  Georgia runs the standard 17 events except for the 4X800 relay.

Athlete Entries:   

School Entries:  2 per individual event.  2 relay team

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Georgia has 8 regional meets in each class.  The top 4 from each regional advance to 2 sectional meets.  Except for the 1600 and 3200, running events at the sectional meet will be qualifying heats only with the top 2 in each plus the next 4 fastest times.  Top 8 in each field event as well as in the 1600 and 3200 qualify for the state final.

State Meet Structure:  Georgia hosts their girls state meets over 3 days the first weekend in May.  The boy’s state meets are held over 3 days the second weekend in May.  Each meet is held at a different site.

Boys State Meet:   Since 1909                                                     Girls State Meet:    Since 1968

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  Yes

Something Different in Georgia:  Georgia may enter two relay teams in an event.


 

Hawaii

Number of Schools:  98

Number of Classifications:  1

Class Structure:  NA

State Meet Events:  Hawaii runs the standard 17 events except for the 4X800 relay and, instead of the 1600 and 3200, they run the 1500 and 3000.

Athlete Entries:   

School Entries:  Maximum of 3 per event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Hawaii does not have a state meet series.   It has automatic qualifying and a consideration standard.  Entries are limited to the top 26 per event.

State Meet Structure:  Hawaii hosts a single class coed meet over 2 days on the first weekend of May. 

Boys State Meet:   Since 1959                                     Girls State Meet:    Since 1967

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  Yes

Something Different in Hawaii:  The automatic qualifying standard or consideration standard must occur during the league meet.


 

Idaho

Number of Schools:  154

Number of Classifications:  5 Classes: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A.

Class Structure:   Idaho determines class size by enrollment numbers.  Schools with enrollment below 160 are 1A (64 schools), below 320 are 2A (25), below 640 are 3A (21), below 1280 are 4A (27) and above are 5A (17).

State Meet Events:  Idaho runs the standard 17 events for class 5A plus the 4X200 relay.  In classes 1A through 4A in place of the 4X800 relay, the girls run the 800 medley and the boys the 1600 medley.

Athlete Entries:    4 events

School Entries:   

Qualifying for the State Meet:  16 individuals and 8 relays qualify in each class.  Qualifiers from each district meet depend on the size of the district plus the next so many of the next best marks to get to the 16/8.  If there is a tie, then a coin flip decides who qualifies.  In addition those who meet qualifying standards at the district or regional meet also qualify for the state meet.

State Meet Structure:  Idaho runs the standard 17 events for class 5A plus the 4X200 relay.  In classes 1A through 4A in place of the 4X800 relay, the girls run the 800 medley and the boys the 1600 medley.

Boys State Meet:                                                             Girls State Meet:    

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:   Yes, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600, 3200, SP, DT.  Must meet a minimum standard to score and team scores are based on the participants in the event.

Something Different in Idaho:  In case of a tie in a relay for qualifying for the state meet, a coin flip is used to determine the representative.  Idaho also has hardship qualifying for those physically unable to perform at the district meet or interfered with at the district meet that met or exceeded the state qualifying mark.


 

Illinois

Number of Schools:  550+

Number of Classifications:  3 Classes: 1A, 2A, 3A.

Class Structure:   About 175 schools are in each of the large classes and over 230 in Class 1.   Classes are based on enrollment.  Schools above 1445 are in class 3A, schools above 562 for boys and 558 for girls are in class 2A and the rest class 1A.

State Meet Events:  Illinois runs the standard 17 events. 

Athlete Entries:    4 events

School Entries:

Qualifying for the State Meet:  The top two finishers in each event at the sectional meet qualify for the state meet along with any individual or relay team that meets or exceeds the qualifying standard at the sectional meet.  There are 16 sectionals in 1A and 10 each in 2A and 3A.

State Meet Structure:  Illinois hosts their girls state meet over a 3 day period on the third weekend of May and their boys state meet over a 3 day period the fourth weekend of May.

Boys State Meet:    Since 1893                                   Girls State Meet:     Since 1973

Indoor State Meet:  No, but do have an indoor track season.

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Illinois:  Illinois runs prelims in the 4X800 relay and the 1600.  Each set of preliminaries is separate – all 1A prelims are done before all 2A prelims are started and all 2A prelims are completed before 3A prelims are started.  No DQ for the uniform rule once athletes have gotten past the clerk of the course unless the uniform has been altered.


 

Indiana

Number of Schools:   400+

Number of Classifications:  One

Class Structure:   NA

State Meet Events:  Indiana runs the standard 17 events except for the triple jump.

Athlete Entries:    4 events

School Entries:  3 per individual event if all have met the participant standard.  Otherwise only 2.

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Indiana has 32 sectional meets.   The top 4 in each event qualify on to 8 regional meets composed of 4 sections each.  In addition, all participants at the sectional meet who have met or exceeded the 3 participant standard of performance also qualify for the regional meet.  The top three places in each event at the regional meet qualify on to the state meet plus all participants who have met or exceeded the 3 participant standard of performance.  Times must be FAT to qualify in all cases.  If there are less than 3 additional qualifiers in any event then the next best regional finisher shall be added to have a total of 27 entrants per event.  At the state meet there are only prelims in the 100, 200 and high hurdles.

State Meet Structure:  Indiana hosts their girl’s state meet on the first Friday in June and boys have their state meet on the first Friday in June.

Boys State Meet:    Since 1904                                   Girls State Meet:     Since 1974

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Indiana:  Indiana awards a Mental Attitude Award to each a girl and boy athlete at the state meet.


 

Iowa

Number of Schools:   

Number of Classifications: 4 classes: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A.

Class Structure:   The 48 largest track schools are 4A, the next 64 are 3A, the next 96 are 2A and the rest are 1A.

State Meet Events:  Iowa runs the standard 17 events except for the pole vault.  Iowa girls run the 1500 and 3000 instead of the 1600 and 3200.  In addition Iowa runs the 4X200 relay and the shuttle hurdle relay plus the 1600 medley for boys and the distance medley and 800 medley for girls

Athlete Entries:    4 events

School Entries:  2 per individual event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Iowa creates a preliminary qualifier list from the top 4 in each district meet at class 4A, the top 3 in each event at both class 2A and class 3A and the top 2 in each event at class 1A for a total of 12 preliminary qualifiers in each event.  All place winning performances that are equal to or better than the 12th best qualifier also will move into the final qualifier list.  District champions cannot be bumped from that list and the top 24 from each event list qualify for the state meet.

State Meet Structure:  Iowa hosts their coed state meets over 3 days the third weekend of May.  

Boys State Meet:    Since 1906                                   Girls State Meet:    

Indoor State Meet:  No, but do have indoor meets.

Wheelchair Events:  Yes, 100, 200, 400, SP

Something Different in Iowa:  Besides the shuttle hurdle relay, if there are ties for the last qualifier, then the highest district place is the first tie breaker and, if the tie still remains, the first school name alphabetically will become the qualifier. 


 

Kansas

Number of Schools:   340+

Number of Classifications: 6 classes: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A.

Class Structure:   The largest 32 schools are 6A, the next 32 are Class 5A, the next 48 are 4A, 64 in each Class 3A and Class 2A and the remainder are Class 1A.

State Meet Events:  Kansas runs the standard 17 events plus the javelin.

Athlete Entries:   

School Entries:

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Each class is divided into 4 regions and the top 4 from each regional meet qualify for the state meet.  There are qualifying standards at the lower 4 classes to have additional qualifiers at the regional meets.

 State Meet Structure:  Kansas runs all 6 of their coed state meets over two days the last weekend of May. 

Boys State Meet:    Since 1911                                   Girls State Meet:     Since 1972

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Kansas: Only state with 6 class meets held at the same site.


 

Kentucky

Number of Schools:   281

Number of Classifications: 3 classes: 1A, 2A, 3A.

Class Structure:   Schools with enrollments above 1025 are Class 3A (67 schools), schools above 610 are class 2A (96), and the rest are class 1A (118).

State Meet Events:  Kentucky runs the standard 17 events plus the 4X200 relay.

Athlete Entries:    4 events

School Entries:  2 per individual event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  The top 2 places in each of 7 regional meets qualify for the state meet plus the next 10 best marks in each eAny person failing to otherwise qualify regional qualifying standard will also advance to the state meet.

State Meet Structure:  Kentucky hosts their coed state meets over 3 days the fourth weekend of May. 

Boys State Meet:    Since 1920                                   Girls State Meet:     Since 1966

Indoor State Meet:  No, but the Kentucky Track and Cross Country Coaches Association does host one.

Wheelchair Events:  Yes, 100, SP exhibition.  2 divisions based on disability.

Something Different in Kentucky:  Kentucky allows 7th and 8th graders to compete in the state meet.  Starting blocks are mandated for any race in which the first leg is 400 meters or less.


 

Louisiana

Number of Schools:   377

Number of Classifications: 7 classes: C, B, 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A.

Class Structure:   There are around 60 schools in each Class 1A through Class 5A, around 40 in class B and 20 in class C.

State Meet Events:   Louisiana runs the standard 17 events plus the 4X200 relay and the javelin.

Athlete Entries:    4 events

School Entries:  2 per individual event (3 in class 1A if there are 4 or less schools in the district.)

Qualifying for the State Meet:  District meets qualify the top 4 in each event to the regional meet.  The top three in each event at each of the 3 regional meets advance on to the state meet for a maximum of 9 in each event at the state.  Class C schools do not have district meets but go straight to the region meets.  Alternates may advance to the state meet if fewer than 9 have qualified.

State Meet Structure:  Louisiana hosts their coed state meets over 3 days the first weekend of May.  Class 2A and 1A are on Thursday, Class B and C are on Friday and Class 5A, 4A and 3A are on Saturday. 

Boys State Meet:                                                             Girls State Meet:    

Indoor State Meet:  Yes

Wheelchair Events:  Yes, 400, 800, SP, DT.  Points based on number of participants in the event.  Must achieve the minimum performance standard in order to score.

Something Different in Louisiana:  Louisiana has wheelchair completion in the 400, 800 shot put and discus and those points may count toward total team score.  However, if the points scored by a wheelchair participant enables their team to tie or exceed the highest team point total of another team then the team with the wheelchair participants will be declared co-champion and the team without a wheelchair participant will be declared outright champion.  The same rule applies in determining the runner-up position.


 

Maine

Number of Schools:   110

Number of Classifications: 3 classes: C, B, A.

Class Structure:   There are 29 schools in Class A (enrollment above 790), 33 schools in Class B (enrollment above 475, and 58 schools in Class C.

State Meet Events:   Maine runs the standard 17 events plus the javelin and 1600 race-walk.

Athlete Entries:    4 events

School Entries:

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Maine has no qualifying meets but has auto qualifying and provisional qualifying by performance marks.  If less than 32 meet or exceed the automatic standard then the field will be filled from those who reach the provisional qualifier.  If more than 32 meet the automatic standard, all will go to the state meet.   There are no qualifying marks for relays. 

State Meet Structure:  The state meets are held on the first Saturday in June with each class at a different site.  Prelims are held only in the 100 and the high hurdles.  The champions of each class meet plus the next three best performances qualify for the New England Championships.

Boys State Meet:    Since 1959?                                 Girls State Meet:    Since 1973

Indoor State Meet:  Yes

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Maine:  Maine has the 1600 race-walk.  Each school must supply one worker to the state meet if they have 10 or fewer athletes qualify and 2 workers if they have more than 10 qualify.


 

Maryland

Number of Schools:   195

Number of Classifications: 4 classes: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A.

Class Structure:  Each class has approximately the same number of schools in it.  49 schools with enrollments below 713 in Class 1A, 49 schools with enrollments below 994 in Class 2A, 49 schools with enrollments below 1295 in Class 3A with 50 in Class 4A.

State Meet Events:   Maryland runs the standard 17 events plus the javelin and 4X200 relay.

Athlete Entries:   

School Entries:  3 in each individual event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Each class has 4 regional meets.  Each event qualifies the top 4 in each event at the regional to the state meet.  In addition, any individual or relay team that achieves the advancement standards also will advance.  Excluded from this are events with preliminaries – 100, 200 and the high hurdles. At the state meet, Class 1A and 2A compete on Thursday and Saturday and Class 3A and 4A compete on Friday and Saturday. 

State Meet Structure:  Maryland hosts their state meet over three days the fourth weekend of May. 

Boys State Meet:    Since 1952?                                 Girls State Meet:     Since 1975

Indoor State Meet:  Yes

Wheelchair Events:  Yes, 200, 400, 800, 1600

Something Different in Maryland:  Maryland also has a consolidated team scoring which combines girls, boys and wheelchair.


 

Massachusetts

Number of Schools:  377

Number of Classifications:   One

Class Structure:  NA

State Meet Events:   Massachusetts runs the standard 17 events plus the javelin.  They run the Mile and 2 Mile in place of the 1600 and 3200 and run the 400 hurdles in place of the 300 hurdles.

Athlete Entries:    3 - but only 2 can be running or 2 can be field events.

School Entries:  As many entries as have met the qualifying standards.

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Massachusetts is split into three regions, Eastern, Western and Central.  The Eastern region is split into four Divisions based on enrollment.  First four place winners (Division I, II, III, IV) including relays in all four divisions in the Eastern Meet, as well as the first four place performances in the Central & Western Track meets, are eligible for the competition in the All-State meet.  Additional entries will be added if a non-qualifying athlete has a top 15 performance in an event based on the results of all divisional meets combined.

 

State Meet Structure:  Massachusetts hosts their coed meet on the first Saturday of June.

Boys State Meet:                                                             Girls State Meet:    

Indoor State Meet:  Yes

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Massachusetts:  Can have fall track practice for 10 days in the fall.


 

Michigan

Number of Schools:  610+ schools Lower Peninsula 50 schools Upper Peninsula

Number of Classifications:  4 Divisions: 1, 2, 3, And 4 in the LP.  3 Divisions: 1, 2, 3 in the UP

Division Structure:

State Meet Events:   Michigan runs the standard 17 events plus the 4X200 relay.

Athlete Entries:   

School Entries:    2 Entries unless a third has met the additional qualifying standard.

Qualifying for the State Meet:

 

State Meet Structure:  Bothe the LP and LP coed state finals are held the first Saturday of June.  Each division of the LP is held at a different site while all three divisions are at a common site in the UP.   

Boys State Meet:   Since 1925                                     Girls State Meet:     Since 1973

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Michigan:  Michigan is the only state that runs two separate state meets.


 

Minnesota

Number of Schools:  486 including 73 home schools

Number of Classifications:  2 Classes: A, AA

Class Structure:  The largest 128 schools are Class AA, (above 610 students) and the rest Class A.

State Meet Events:   Minnesota runs the standard 17 events plus the 4X200 relay.

Athlete Entries:    4 Events, only 3 may be running and only 2 may be 800 or longer.

School Entries:   3 per individual event though a qualifying standard may be used.

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Each class in Minnesota is divided into 8 regions.  Each region determines the qualifying from the sub-section meets to the section meet.  Each of the 8 section meets qualifies the top 2 in each event for the state meet.  In addition, any athlete or relay team may qualify by standard based on their performance at the section meet.  Wind gauges must be used in those events that require it.

State Meet Structure:  Minnesota hosts their coed state meets the second weekend of June.

Boys State Meet:                                                             Girls State Meet:    

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Minnesota:  Pole vaulters must wear helmets.


 

Mississippi

Number of Schools:  201

Number of Classifications:  6 Classes: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A, 6A,

Class Structure:  6A is composed of the largest 16 schools, 5A the next largest 16 schools, 4A has 49 schools, 3A has 45 schools, 2A has 38 schools and 1A has 39 schools.

 State Meet Events:   Mississippi runs the standard 17 events plus the 4X200 relay and the javelin.

Athlete Entries:   

School Entries:

Qualifying for the State Meet:  The top 4 places in each division meet advance to the region meet.  The top 4 places in region meets advance to the North and South meets.  The top 4 places in each of the North and South meets advance to the state meet for a total of 8 in each event.

State Meet Structure:  Mississippi hosts their coed state track meets on the third weekend of May with Class 1A, 3A and 5A on Friday and Class 2A, 4A and 6A on Saturday.   

Boys State Meet:                                                             Girls State Meet:    

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Mississippi

Mississippi has 3 qualifying meets leading to the state meet.


 

Missouri

Number of Schools:  480+

Number of Classifications:  4 Classes: 1, 2, 3, 4.

Class Structure:  Class 4 is composed of the largest 96 schools with the remaining schools split into three groups of equal numbers.

 State Meet Events:   Missouri runs the standard 17 events plus the 4X200 relay.

Athlete Entries:   4 events

School Entries:   2 per individual event plus all that meet a qualifying standard.

Qualifying for the State Meet:  The top 4 places in each of the 8 District Meets qualify to the Sectional Meets.    The top 4 places in sectional meet qualify on to the state meet with a total of 16 entries in each event. 

State Meet Structure:  Missouri hosts their coed state track meets on the third and fourth weekends of May with Class 1 and 2 on the third weekend and Class 3 and 4 on the fourth weekend. 

Boys State Meet:    Since 1904                                                   Girls State Meet:     Since 1975

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Missouri:


 

Montana

Number of Schools:

Number of Classifications:  4 Classes: C, B, A, AA.

Class Structure:  Classes follow basketball.

 State Meet Events:   Montana runs the standard 17 events except for the 4X800 relay.  The do throw the javelin.

Athlete Entries:   5 events

School Entries:  

Qualifying for the State Meet:  District meets are held in Class B and in Class C.  In Class B the first six in each event will qualify for the divisional meet.  In Class C, the top five in most districts qualify except in certain larger districts.  Divisional meets are held in every class.  In Class AA, six qualify to the state meet from both divisional meets.  In Class A, the top 5 qualify in every event.  In Class B, six qualify from the Northern and Western Division meets and eight in the Southern Division.  In Class C, five qualify in each event for the state meet.  All ties for the last qualifying place in field events also qualify to the state meet.  In addition Class A and AA also use qualifying standards to qualify to the state meet.  That mark can be made at a regular season meet.

State Meet Structure:

Boys State Meet:                                                                             Girls State Meet:     

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Montana:  Their state meet is held on a ten lane track.


 

Nebraska

Number of Schools:

Number of Classifications:  4 classes: A, B, C, D.

Class Structure:  The 32 largest schools are Class A, the next 64 schools are Class B, the next 96 schools are Class c, and the remaining schools are Class D.

 State Meet Events:   Nebraska runs the standard 17 events

Athlete Entries:  

School Entries:  

Qualifying for the State Meet:  In Class A there are four districts and the top four in each running event qualify to the state meet plus those that have a time among the six fastest from all districts.  In field events, for all classes, there is also a qualifying standard based on the average distance of 6th place at the state meet the past three years.  There are no additional qualifiers in the relays.   In Class B there are six districts and the top four qualify in individual running events and the top 3 in field events for the state meet.  In relay events the top two in each district qualify plus the next four fastest.   Only a maximum of 16 relay teams qualify.  In Class C  and Class D there are 11 districts and the top two in each individual running event qualify plus the next two fastest thirds.   In field events only the top two places qualify.  In relays the district winner plus the five fastest times of the non-qualifiers.  

State Meet Structure:  Nebraska hosts their coed state meets over two days the third weekend in May.

Boys State Meet:     Since 1900                                                  Girls State Meet:      Since 1971

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Nebraska:  Nebraska allows athletes in the shot and discus to take two consecutive throws in the prelims.  If there is a tie among last qualifying spots then none go.  In the lower three classes in the boys pole vault, an boy must have cleared 9’6’’ and a girl 6’6” at the district meet to advance to the state meet.  Schools may not use their relay batons – the NSAA will supply them at the state meet.  They also provide the shots and discus to be used.  Nebraska provides a gold medal to the top performance overall in each event.


 

Nevada

Number of Schools:  104

Number of Classifications:  4 classes: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A,

Class Structure:  Class 1A consists of 27 schools with enrollments below 170 students.  Class 2A consists of 19 schools below 460 students.  Class 3A consists of 12 schools below 1200 students.  Class 4A consists of 46 schools above 1200 students.

State Meet Events:   Nevada runs the standard 17 events plus the 4X200 Relay.

Athlete Entries:   4 events

School Entries:   4 per individual event, though in some league meets only 3.

Qualifying for the State Meet:  In both Class 1A and Class 2A the top four at each of the two league meets qualify for the state meet.  At Class 3A the top two from the Southern League meet, the top 5 from the Northern League meet and the next best qualify for the state meet.  In Class 4A the top two in track events from each the Sunset and Sunrise regions and the top 3 from the Northern Region qualify for the state meet along with the next best from either the Sunrise or Sunset Region.  For field events the top three from each region qualify.

State Meet Structure:  Nevada hosts their coed state meets over two days on the third weekend of May.

Boys State Meet:    Since 1921                                                    Girls State Meet:      Since 1973

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Nevada:  The Northern League meets for the lower three classes are held at a common site as are the Southern League meets.


 

New Hampshire

Number of Schools:  75

Number of Classifications:  3 Divisions: I, II, III

Division Structure:  Division I is the 19 schools of over 1250 students.  Division II is the schools of over 650 students and there are 24 of those.  Division III contains the rest and there are 32 of those.

State Meet Events:   New Hampshire runs the standard 17 events plus the Javelin.

Athlete Entries:  

School Entries:   6 per individual event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  New Hampshire has no qualifying meets but instead has auto qualifying and provisional qualifying.  If less than 16 (18 if the Division meet is held on a six-lane track) meet or exceed the automatic standard then the field will be filled from those who reach the provisional qualifier. 

State Meet Structure:  The State Meets in each division are held on the last Saturday of May.  The Meet of Champions is held on the first Saturday in June with the top 5 in each event from Division I, the top 4 in each event from Division II, and the top three in each event in Division II.  In addition, the next four performances regardless of class will also qualify plus any others who have achieved the qualifying standards for the Meet of Champions.  Prelims are held only in the 100 and the high hurdles.  The top six performers qualify for the New England Championship

Boys State Meet:                                                                             Girls State Meet

Indoor State Meet:  Yes

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in New Hampshire


 

New Jersey

Number of Schools:  425

Number of Classifications:  6 groups: Public 1, 2, 3, 4 and Non-Public A and B. 

Group Structure:  The 346 public schools are split in approximately equal number of schools per class.  The 79 Non-Public schools are split so those with enrollment above 400 are Class A and the rest Class B.

State Meet Events:   New Jersey runs the standard 17 events plus the Javelin.  In place of the 300 hurdles they run the 400 hurdles.

Athlete Entries:  

School Entries:   3 per individual event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  At the sectional meet, he top 6 in each event (8 for non-public) advance to the State Group meet.  Ties for the last qualifying place also advance.  The top six in each event advance to the overall state championship with all ties for sixth also advancing.  In addition the next six best performances will also advance.  In the 4X100 relay and the 4X800 relay only the top 18 times advance to the state meet.

State Meet Structure:  New Jersey’s coed state group meets are held the first weekend of June at two different sites.

Boys State Meet:                                                                             Girls State Meet

Indoor State Meet:  Yes

Wheelchair Events:  Yes

Something Different in New Jersey:  Separate state meets for public and non-public.


 

New Mexico

Number of Schools:  146

Number of Classifications:  5 classes: A, AA, AAA, AAAA, AAAAA. 

Class Structure:  Class A consists of 46 schools with enrollments 150 and below.  Class AA consists of 39 schools up to 400.  Class AAA consists of 23 schools up to 900.  Class AAAA consists of 27 schools up to 1650.  Class AAAAA consists of 21 schools above 1650.

State Meet Events:   New Mexico runs the standard 17 events except for the 4X800 relay.  In addition they run the 4X200 relay with only a two-turn stagger, the 1600 Medley and throw the javelin.

Athlete Entries:   5 events but only 4 can be running or 4 can be field events.  No more than 3 running events can be 400 or longer.

School Entries:    

Qualifying for the State Meet:  In Class A and AA the first two places in individual events at the district meet plus the first place relay team qualifies for the state meet.  In addition all that meet a special qualifying mark also advance.  In Class AAA, AAAA and AAAAA the first two places in all events advance to the state meet along with those that meet a special qualifying mark.  Those marks can be achieved at an approved invitational during the season.

State Meet Structure:  New Mexico’s coed state group meets are held the first two weekends of May with Class A and AA the first weekend and the rest the second weekend.

Boys State Meet:     Since 1913                                   Girls State Meet:     Since 1973

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in New Mexico:  New Mexico has a high point award for each gender and each class. New Mexico scores only six places with individual events counting 7-5-4-3-2-1 and relay events counting 10-8-6-4-2-1.


 

New York

Number of Schools:  780+

Number of Classifications:  2 Divisions: I and II. 

Division Structure:  Class I schools are those with an enrollment of 600 or more in the upper three grades.  Class II is those with enrollments below 600.

State Meet Events:   New York runs the standard 17 events.  The girls run the 1500 and 3000 in place of the 1600 and 3200 and both genders run the 400 hurdles.  In addition, New York runs the 2000 steeplechase for girls and the 3000 steeplechase for boys and both genders have a pentathlon.

Athlete Entries:  

School Entries:   

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Qualifying from the sectional meet to the state meet are the first place winners in each event plus any second place finisher who betters the State Standard.  That mark does not have to be achieved at the section meet but can be achieved at any championship or invitational meet of five or more schools beginning with the last week of April.  Qualifying for the sectional meet can only be done by meeting the Sectional Qualifying Standard.  Anyone meeting the Automatic mark is eligible to compete and then those on the sectional list up to the 16th best will be in the final field.  If there is a tie for 16th then the sectional chairman may take only 15 but there will never be a field of less than 15 in each division. 

State Meet Structure:  New York’s coed state is held over two days the second weekend of June.  Prelims in all but the distance events are held in each division to qualify for the finals.  Distance events are heats against time.  There are separate awards for the Division meets and for the combined Federation Meet.

Boys State Meet:                                                                             Girls State Meet

Indoor State Meet:  Yes

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in New York:  New York has the pentathlon and steeplechase.  If you compete in the pentathlon, you cannot compete in any other events.


 

North Carolina

Number of Schools:  330+

Number of Classifications:  4 divisions: A, AA, AAA and AAAA. 

Division Structure:  Each class has approximately the same number of schools.

State Meet Events:   North Carolina runs the standard 17 events plus the 4X200 relay.

Athlete Entries:  

School Entries:   

Qualifying for the State Meet:  The top four in each event at the four regional meets qualify for the state meet.  There are minimum times and distances that an individual must have met in order to compete at the regional meet.  If an individual has not recorded the minimum mark then the coach may list the best performance of non-qualifiers to be used to fill events at the discretion of the meet director.  A maximum of 12 for 6-lane tracks and 16 for 8-lane tracks if non-qualifiers are used.  Each school may enter three in an individual event.

State Meet Structure:  North Carolina hosts their coed state meets the second and third weekends of May.  Class 1A competes on Friday of the second weekend and Class 2A on Saturday.  Class 3A competes on Friday of the third weekend and 4A on Saturday.

Boys State Meet:     Since 1913                                   Girls State Meet:    Since 1972

Indoor State Meet:  Yes

Wheelchair Events:  Yes

Something Different in North Carolina:  A team must have more than one entry in order to win the team championship.


 

North Dakota

Number of Schools:  109

Number of Classifications:  2 Classes: B, A.

Class Structure:  Class B is composed of the smallest 90 schools and Class A the largest 19.

State Meet Events:   North Dakota runs the standard 17 events plus the 4X200 relay and the javelin.

Athlete Entries:  

School Entries:   6 per event plus any others that have met a qualifying standard during the season.

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Class B is divided into six regional meets and Class A is divided into 2 regional meets.  In Class B, the top 2 in each region qualify for the state meet plus any others who have met the qualifying standards.  In Class A the top six finishers qualify for the state meet plus any others who have met the qualifying standards.  A maximum of five entrants may be entered in every individual event plus any others that have met the qualifying standard during the season.

State Meet Structure:  North Dakota hosts their coed state meets over two days the last weekend of May.  

Boys State Meet:     Since 1903                                   Girls State Meet:   Since 1966

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in North Dakota:  Total of 5600 meters is the limit that can be ran in a meet.


 

Ohio

Number of Schools:   730+

Number of Classifications:  3 divisions: I, II, III.

Division Structure:  The 730 boys programs and 679 girls programs are split into divisions with approximately the same number of schools per division.  Girls and boys have different division splits

State Meet Events:  Ohio runs the standard 17 events except for the triple jump.

Athlete Entries:  

School Entries:   2 per individual event.

Qualifying for the State Meet:  The first four places in each event at the district meet qualify for the regional meet.  The top four in each event at the four regional meets qualify for the state meet. 

State Meet Structure:  Ohio hosts their coed state track meets over two days the first weekend of June.  

Boys State Meet:     Since 1908                                                   Girls State Meet:  Since 1975

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Ohio:  At the district meet, if an athlete is injured or ill, they may be substituted for in an individual event.


 

Oklahoma

Number of Schools:

Number of Classifications:  6 classes: 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A.

Class Structure:  Class 6A is composed of the largest 32 schools.  Class 5A is the next 40 schools.  Class 4A is the next 56 schools.  Class 3A is the next 64 schools.  Class 2A is the next 96 schools.  Class 1A is the rest.

State Meet Events:   Oklahoma runs the standard 17 events plus the 4X200 relay.

Athlete Entries:   4 events

School Entries:   3 per individual event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  The top three places at each of the four regional meets along with the next four best performances among those that placed 4th, 5th or 6th at each regional meet advance to the state meet.  If there are ties for additional qualifiers, then all go.  Oklahoma has been running a boys state meet since 1944 and a girls state meet since 1972.

State Meet Structure:  Oklahoma hosts their coed state track meets over two different weekends.  Class 1A and Class 2A host their meet over two days the first weekend of May at one site while Class 3A and Class 4A are at a second site.  Class 5A and Class 6A hosts their state meet over two days the second weekend of May. 

Boys State Meet:     Since 1944                                   Girls State Meet:    Since 1972

Indoor State Meet:  No, but can run 3 indoor meets from January 1 to March 1.

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Oklahoma:  If a contestant at the regional meet qualifies for the state meet in an individual event, that event counts as one of the four events at the state meet even if scratched.  Regional track assignments are not released until ten days before the regional meet.


 

Oregon

Number of Schools:   290

Number of Classifications:  6 classes: 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A.

Class Structure:  Class 6A has 44 schools with enrollments of more than 1480.  Class 5A has 37 schools with enrollments above 879.  Class 4A has 43 schools with enrollments above 399.  Class 3A has 42 schools with enrollments above 225.  Class 2A has 41 schools with enrollments above 105.  Class 1A has 77 schools with enrollments below 105.

State Meet Events:  Oregon runs the standard 17 events except for the 4X800 relay.  They do throw the javelin and they run the 1500 and 3000 in place of the 1600 and 3200.

Athlete Entries:   4 events but only two can be from the 800, 1500 or 3000.

School Entries:  

Qualifying for the State Meet:  In Class 6A the top two from each event at each of the six district meets automatically qualify for the state meet.  All who meet the adopted qualifying standard also qualify.  If less than 14 qualify then wildcard qualifiers may be added which have the best performances among the non-qualifiers.  At the other classes only the top two in each district plus all those meeting the adopted qualifying standard.  The adopted qualifying standard must be achieved at the district meet.

State Meet Structure:  Oregon hosts their coed state track meets over two days the third weekend of May at two different sites.   Class 1A, 2A and 3A are at one site and 4A, 5A and 6A at a second site.

Boys State Meet:     Since 1908                                                  Girls State Meet:   Since 1975

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  Yes

Something Different in Oregon:  In Oregon if a qualifier scratches an event by the deadline then the next place winner in that event is eligible as a substitute.


 

Pennsylvania

Number of Schools:   620+

Number of Classifications:  2 divisions: AA, AAA.

Division Structure:  Both classes have about the same number of schools.  Boys and girls have different division splits.

State Meet Events:  Pennsylvania runs the standard 17 events plus the javelin.

Athlete Entries:  

School Entries:  

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Pennsylvania qualifies a certain number from each of 12 districts to the state meet for a minimum total of 24 in each event.  In addition anyone in the top eight at a district meet that meets a state qualifying time also will advance.

State Meet Structure:  The coed state track meets are held over two days the last weekend of May.

Boys State Meet:                                                                             Girls State Meet:

Indoor State Meet:  Yes

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Pennsylvania:  Pennsylvania runs prelims, and semifinals in the 100, 200 and high hurdles.  Pennsylvania provides the shot and discus to be used at the meet.  The state championship is a no scratch meet unless for illness or injury.


 

Rhode Island

Number of Schools:   52

Number of Classifications:  4 Classes: A, B, C, D

Class Structure:

State Meet Events:  Rhode Island runs the standard 17 events plus the javelin and the hammer.  Rhode Island runs the 1500 and 3000 in place of the 1600 and 3200.

Athlete Entries:  

School Entries:   4 per individual event.

Qualifying for the State Meet:  For an athlete to be eligible to compete in the Class meet the athlete must meet the established minimum standards.  If less than 12 athletes meet the minimum standard then athletes will be added to make a field of no more than 12.  To compete in the state championship meet, an athlete must be among the top 18 in individual events and top 12 in the relays.  Competitors in the hurdle and dashes may reduce the field in the sprints and hurdles to 24.  Those performances can come from any meet during the season.

State Meet Structure:

Boys State Meet:     Since 1917                                   Girls State Meet:   Since 1972

Indoor State Meet:  Yes

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Rhode Island:  If participating in other simultaneous sports, an athlete can only compete in one field event.  Athletes running any race 400 of less must use starting blocks.


 

South Carolina

Number of Schools:   207

Number of Classifications:  4 Conferences: A, AA, AAA, AAAA

Conference Structure: There are 48 schools each in the upper three conferences with the remainder in Conference A.

State Meet Events:  South Carolina runs the standard 17 events with the 400 hurdles in place of the 300 hurdles.

Athlete Entries:  

School Entries:  4 per individual event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Conference AAA and AAAA run eight regional meets that qualify four in every event into a state qualifying meet.  The top eight from that meet advance to the state meet.  Conference A and AA each run eight regional meets that qualify four in every event into the Upper and Lower State qualifying meets.  The top four from each of those meets advance to the state meet.

State Meet Structure:  South Carolina hosts their coed state track meets over two days the second weekend of May.  Friday consists of some finals for the upper two conferences while Saturdays is finals for all.

Boys State Meet:   Since 1913                                      Girls State Meet:   Since 1975

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in South Carolina:  South Carolina allows three weeks of track practice the first of November.


 

South Dakota

Number of Schools:   163

Number of Classifications:  3 Classes: B, A, AA.

Class Structure: Class AA is schools with enrollment above 450 in the lower three grades (16 schools).  Class A is schools with enrollments above 90 (59 schools).  Class B is schools with enrollments below 90 (88 schools).

State Meet Events:  South Dakota runs the standard 17 events plus the 1600 medley.

Athlete Entries:  

School Entries:  3 entries per event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Class A and Class B hold regional meets.  Any athlete that meets a qualifying standard at the regional meet or at certified meets held the week before the regional meets will advance to the state meet.  The athlete does not have to compete in the event at the regional meet but the event counts as one of their four entries.   The top two places in each event at the regional meet qualify for the state meet. In Class AA anyone meeting an automatic qualifying standard with a maximum of three per team qualifies for the state meet.  In addition, provisional qualifiers will qualify up to a maximum of 24 per event.  If, with provisional qualifiers, less than 16 qualify in an event then the top performances in an event will be added until the field of 16 is reached.

State Meet Structure:  South Dakota hosts their coed state track meets on the last Saturday of May with prelims held at a different site for each class the day before.

Boys State Meet:     Since 1906                                   Girls State Meet:   Since 1969

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in South Dakota:  South Dakota allows substitutions in individual events at the regional meet for injury or illness.


 

Tennessee

Number of Schools:   278

Number of Classifications:  3 Divisions: I, II.

Division Structure: Division I is split into 2 Areas, A-AA, AAA.  Division I is composed of public schools and Class A-AA has 120 schools while Class AAA has 114 schools.  Division II is composed of 44 non-public schools.

State Meet Events:  Tennessee runs the standard 17 events plus the 4X200 relay, the decathlon for boys and pentathlon for girls.

Athlete Entries:   4 events

School Entries:  3 per individual event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  In Class AAA, the top four in each event at four sectional meets qualify for the state meet.  In Class A-AA, the top two in each event from each of the three Sectional meets qualify for the state meet along with the next two top performances among the third and fourth place finishers.  If there is a tie for the eighth spot then both will go.  In the Division II meet the first place in the East Regional and the top two in each event from the Middle and West regional meets qualify for the state meet along with the top three performances from those not qualified.   A total of 12 qualify in each meet for the decathlon and pentathlon.

State Meet Structure:  Tennessee runs their coed state meets over the last week of May with girls competing on Wednesday and Thursday and boys over Thursday and Friday.  The pentathlon and decathlon is held on Monday and Tuesday.

Boys State Meet:   Since 1933                                                     Girls State Meet:     Since 1974

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Tennessee


 

Texas

Number of Schools:   1300+

Number of Classifications:  5 Conferences: A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A.

Conference Structure: Conference 1A is schools below 200. Conference 2A are schools below 430, Conference 3A are schools below 990, Conference 4A  are schools below 2065 , with Conference 5A schools above that.

State Meet Events:  Texas runs the standard 17 events except for the 4X800 relay.  The do, however, run the 4X200 relay.

Athlete Entries:   5 events but only 3 can be running.  An athlete may enter only two on following individual events: 400, 800, 1600 and 3200.  No athlete may enter in more than four field events.

School Entries:  3 per individual event

Qualifying for the State Meet:  In Conference 1A, four contestants will qualify from the district meet to the area meet, four will advance from the area meet to the regional meets and two will advance from the regional meet to the state meet.  In Conferences 2A-5A three will qualify from the district meet to the regional meet and two will advance from the regional meet to the state meet.  In all conferences, the next best performance in each event will qualify for the state meet for a total of nine entries per event. 

State Meet Structure:  Texas hosts their coed state track meets over two days on the second weekend of May.

Boys State Meet:     Since 1909                                   Girls State Meet:   Since 1972

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Texas:  Qualifying in Conference 1A begins the first weekend of April.   Relay points are doubled in Texas.


 

Utah

Number of Schools:   137

Number of Classifications:  5 Classes: A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A.

Class Structure: There are roughly 25 schools in each of the four larger classes with the rest in 1A.

State Meet Events:  Utah runs the standard 17 events except for the 4X800 relay and the triple jump.  Pole vault is not currently contested at the state level for girls. They do, however, run the 1600 Medley and throw the Javelin.

Athlete Entries:

School Entries: unlimited

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Individuals and relays qualify for the state meet by a set format in how they place in their regional meets.  In addition any individual or relay team meeting the qualifying standard at a sanctioned qualifying meet or the regional meet will also qualify for the state meet.

State Meet Structure:  Utah hosts their coed state track meets over two days the third or fourth weekend of May.

Boys State Meet:     Since 1911                                   Girls State Meet:   Since 1974

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Utah:  The pole vault is only scored in Class 2A and Class 5A.


 

Vermont

Number of Schools:   68

Number of Classifications:  4 Divisions: I, II, III, IV.

Division Structure:

State Meet Events:  Vermont runs the standard 17 events plus the javelin.  In place of the 1600 and 3200 they run the 1500 and 3000.

Athlete Entries:

School Entries:  4 if they meet the qualifying standards.

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Individuals and relays qualify for the state meet by a set format in how they place in their regional meets.  In addition any individual or relay team meeting the qualifying standard at a sanctioned qualifying meet or the regional meet will also qualify for the state meet.

State Meet Structure:  Vermont hosts their coed state track meets on the first Saturday of June at four different sites. The qualifying meet for the New England Championship is held on Saturday of the Memorial Day weekend.

Boys State Meet:     Since 1926                                                   Girls State Meet:      Since 1971

Indoor State Meet:  Yes

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Vermont


 

Virginia

Number of Schools:   313

Number of Classifications:  3 Groups: A, AA, AAA.

Group Structure:   There are 130 in the large school Group AAA, 84 in Group AA and 99 in Group A.

State Meet Events:  Virginia runs the standard 17 events.  However, Group A does not run the 4X800 relay or pole vault.

Athlete Entries:

School Entries:  All that meet the qualifying standard.

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Each district will determine the number that qualifies on to the regional meet with a maximum of six plus those who have met the qualifying standard during a regular season meet of four or more teams.  Each of the four regions will qualify six to the state meet plus those who have met the qualifying standard during a regular season meet of 10 or more teams.

State Meet Structure:  Virginia hosts their coed state meets over two days the first weekend of June with each group at a different site.

Boys State Meet:     Since 1915                                                  Girls State Meet:       Since 1973

Indoor State Meet:  Yes

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Virginia


 

Washington

Number of Schools:   409

Number of Classifications:  6 Classes: 1B, 2B, 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A. 

Class Structure:   There is approximately the same number of schools in each class.  Class 1B are those schools up to an enrollment of 92, Class 2B are those schools up to an enrollment of 207, Class 1A are those schools up to an enrollment of 512, Class 2A are those schools up to an enrollment of 1085, Class 3A are those schools up to an enrollment of 1303, with Class 4A schools those schools above 1303.

State Meet Events:  Washington runs the standard 17 events except for the 4X800 relay.  They do throw the javelin and the girls run the 4X200 relay. 

Athlete Entries:

School Entries:

Qualifying for the State Meet:  The top two from each district a total of 16 entries plus all those meeting an automatic qualifying mark.

State Meet Structure:  Washington hosts their coed state meets over two days the last weekend of May with Class 1B, 2B and 1A at one site and Class 2A, 3A, and 4A at a second site.

Boys State Meet:     Since 1924                                   Girls State Meet:   Since 1969

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Washington:  In the 4X200 relay, the fastest seed is in lane 1, the second fastest seed in lane 2, etc.


 

West Virginia

Number of Schools:   113

Number of Classifications:  3 Classes: A, AA, AAA.

Class Structure:   There is approximately the same number of schools per class.

State Meet Events:  West Virginia runs the standard 17 events plus the 4X200 relay and the shuttle hurdle relay.

Athlete Entries:

School Entries:

Qualifying for the State Meet:  The top three in each event from the four regional meets in every event except the high jump and pole vault qualify for the state meet.  In the high jump and pole vault the top four in each regional qualify plus all those better the qualifying standard for the state meet.  For other events, the four best non-qualifying marks advance to the state meet.

State Meet Structure:  West Virginia hosts their coed state meets over two days the third weekend of May.

Boys State Meet:     Since 1918                                                                  Girls State Meet:   Since 1975

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in West Virginia:  Coaches can sub for individuals at the regional meet.  West Virginia supplies the shot and discus at the state meet.


 

Wisconsin

Number of Schools:  429

Number of Classifications:  3 Divisions: I, II, III.

Division Structure:   Division 1 is composed of the largest 138 schools.  Division 2 and 3 are split evenly among the remaining schools.

State Meet Events:  Wisconsin runs the standard 17 events plus the 4X200 relay.

Athlete Entries:

School Entries:   3 entries per event but only a total of 28 for the 14 individual events.

Qualifying for the State Meet:  There are 48 regional meets in the three divisions and four qualify from each region for the sectional meet.  From the eight sectionals in Division 1 the first three qualify for the state meet.  In Division 2 and 3 the first four qualify in each event.  In addition if an event has a mark that places among the top eight best of all sectional performances then they also qualify for the state meet.

State Meet Structure:  The coed state meet is held over two days the first of June.

Boys State Meet:     Since 1895                                                  Girls State Meet:  Since 1971

Indoor State Meet:  No

Wheelchair Events:  Yes  100, 400, 800, 1600, Shot Put

Something Different in Wisconsin:  Only a total of 28 entries in the 14 individual events are allowed.


 

Wyoming

Number of Schools:  69

Number of Classifications:  4 Classes: 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A.

Class Structure:   The largest 12 schools are Class 4A, the next 16 are Class 3A, the next 20 are Class 2A and the other 21 are Class 1A.

State Meet Events:  Wyoming runs the standard 17 events.

Athlete Entries:

School Entries:  

Qualifying for the State Meet:  Each class has two regional meets in which the top eight individuals and top four relays qualify for the state meet.  In addition, athletes and relays qualify for the state meet that meet a qualifying standard during the regular season at qualifying meets.  Relay teams are not required to compete at the regional meet though they must be

State Meet Structure:  The coed state meet is held over three days the third week of May. 

Boys State Meet:                                                                             Girls State Meet:    Since 1973

Indoor State Meet:  Yes

Wheelchair Events:  No

Something Different in Wyoming


 

State High School Meet Events

Boys

Every state runs the following 11 events.  100 Meters, 200 Meters, 400 Meters, 800 Meters, 110 Meter High Hurdles, 4X100 Meter Relay, 4X400 Meter Relay, Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put and Discus.

Forty-eight states pole vault.  The only two that do not are Alaska and Iowa though Utah only does so in two of their five classes.

Forty-seven states triple jump.  The only three that do not are Indiana, Ohio and Utah.

Forty-six states run the 300 Meter Intermediate Hurdles.  The other four states - Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and South Carolina - run the 400 Meter Intermediate Hurdles.

Forty-four states run the 1600 Meters.  Of the other five states, four run the 1500 Meters -  Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.  One state, Massachusetts, runs the One Mile.

Forty-four states run the 3200 Meters.  Of the other five states, four run the 3000 Meters -  Hawaii, Idaho, Oregon, Rhode Island and Vermont.  One state, Massachusetts, runs the Two Mile.

Forty-two states run the 4X800 Meter Relay.  The states that do not are California, Georgia, Hawaii, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, Texas, Utah and Washington.

Twenty-one states run the 4X200 Relay: Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

Nineteen states throw the Javelin: Alabama, Connecticut, Kansas, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont and Washington.

Five states run the 1600 Meter Medley: Idaho, Iowa, New Mexico, South Dakota and Utah.

Two states run the Shuttle Hurdle Relay: Iowa and West Virginia.

Two states have the decathlon: Alabama, Arkansas and Tennessee.

Two states have the Hammer: Connecticut, Rhode Island.

Two states have the 300 Meter Steeplechase: Connecticut, New York.

One state has the 1600 Meter Race-Walk:  Maine.

One state has the pentathlon: New York.

 

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