Division I NCAA Preliminaries News and Notes

Courtesy: Kyle Terwillegar, USTFCCCA

May 22, 2013   

NEW ORLEANS – This weekend begins the three-week, three-location process that is the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships, beginning at the East and West Preliminary Rounds in Greensboro, N.C., and Austin, Texas, respectively this Thursday through Saturday and culminating in the National Finals in Eugene, Ore, on June 5-8.

NCAA East Prelims Info

NCAA West Prelims Info

Greensboro, N.C. | May 23-25 | Meet Schedule
Host: North Carolina A&T

Accepted Entries: MEN | WOMEN
Entry Leaders: 
By Team | By Conf
Event-by-Event “Brackets”
Start Lists: MEN | WOMEN

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East Prelims All-Time Bests

Austin, Texas | May 23-25 | Meet Schedule
Host: Texas

Accepted Entries: MEN | WOMEN
Entry Leaders: By Team | By Conf
Event-by-Event “Brackets”
Start Lists: MEN | WOMEN

Follow Live: LIVE Results

West Prelims All-Time Bests


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Start lists were announced Tuesday, but at the risk of repeating much of the same information in a full-fledged NCAA Finals preview in a couple weeks’ time, this feature will focus less on the match-ups themselves and more on the process whereby student-athletes will qualify for the NCAA Finals at Hayward Field. Check out the pre-NCAA rankings landscape here.

A total of 96 student-athletes (48 East/48 West) in each individual event and 48 relay teams (24 East/24 West) will compete at the two Preliminary sites this weekend based on their schools’ geographical location, a total that will be pared down to the final Eugene-bound 24 individuals and relay teams by sundown Saturday.

As a clarification, despite the fact that the prelims and finals take place nearly two weeks apart, they are technically part of the same meet. This means that event victories this weekend should not be counted in overall winning streaks based on event finals — the student-athletes or relay teams would simply be the top seed from their respective prelim at the finals site. However, marks and times recorded at the Prelims are not eligible for NCAA Championships records.

Most individual track events will run four rounds — two at the Prelims and two at the Finals — to whittle the overall field of 96 to the final 24. The steeplechase and the relays will all run one round at the Prelims sites to narrow the field to 24, and then two rounds at the finals site. The 5000 and 10,000 will run two total rounds, one at the two Prelims sites and the second at the Finals site. The number of rounds/participants in rounds varies by event, as does the criteria for advancement, and can be reviewed in detail in the Event by Event Brackets created by the USTFCCCA.

Field events will work in much the same way. The throws and horizontal jumps will each contest both a trials and finals round at both the NCAA Prelims and NCAA Finals, with three attempts for each round. The number of student-athletes who move on from the three-attempt trials to the three-attempt finals round differs between NCAA Prelims and NCAA Finals, and can be reviewed here. Two flights of the high jump and pole vault will be contested at each Prelims site, with one round to be contested at the NCAA Finals.

The decathlon and heptathlon will not be contested at the prelims. The participants for the NCAA Finals have already been determined.