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Regional Rearrange

Should the NCAA rethink how the regional & national qualification system works for outdoor track & field?

Regional Rearrange

8 months ago

By: Sam Ivanecky

A topic that has been at the forefront of conversations around track & field in 2021 has been the process in which NCAA athletes qualify for regional and national meets. For outdoor track, the regional meets are considered to be postseason competition and are split into the East and West. The current setup works where the top 48 athletes in each event are awarded a spot in the regional meet. Athletes outside of those 48 can also qualify if athletes ahead of them opt to scratch an event, in which case the next runner on the descending order list (49th, 50th, etc.) would be selected.

How are cut-off marks changing over time?
Top 100 male runners broken out by region from 2011 to 2019
Top 100 female runners broken out by region from 2011 to 2019