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US Track & Field Scholarships

There are over 1,000 college track and field programs across American colleges and universities. Each division level has a different number of track scholarships they can give out each year. For men’s programs, a fully funded NCAA D1 or D2 track team will have 12.6 scholarships, NAIA programs have 12 scholarships. The vast majority of track scholarships are given as partial scholarships, but there is always the chance you can get a full-ride if you find the right program.

How to Get a Track and Field Scholarship

College Track scholarships are awarded to athletes by the coaching staff of each program. Each year coaches evaluate their team’s needs and use their scholarships to award their top performing athletes as well as try and attract new athletes. For this reason, most scholarships are partial scholarships as coaches are dividing their track scholarships up to attract several top athletes.

In order to be a scholarship-athlete, you need to be able to come in and show potential early to be scoring points at the conference, regional and national level. 

How Good do you need to be to get a Track Scholarship?

Unlike other college sports, coaches aren’t watching hours of film and evaluating athletes at camps to know if they are going to be good enough for their team. Track & Field is simple in the fact that either you can get the time, or you can’t. That being said, each program has different needs and philosophies when it comes to awarding scholarship money. Unlike other college sports, most track coaches will be very upfront about what time or mark you need to make their team and to get a scholarship.

Men's Track & Field

NCAA DI
NCAA DII
NCAA DII
NAIA
55m IN
6.32-6.70
6.35-7.20
6.78-7.20
6.52-7.20
60m IN
6.61-7.10
6.65-7.40
6.92-7.40
6.81-7.50
55m Hurdles
7.4-7.9
7.65-8.1
8.0-8.2
8.0-8.2
60m HH IN
7.75-8.00
7.89-8.50
8.29-8.50
8.21-8.50
300m IN
33.94-35.80
34.99-37.90
36.78-39.00
34.99-39.00
500m IN
1.05.58-1.08.98
1.07.45-1.10.33
1.10.01-1.13.56
1.09.56-1.12.45
600m IN
1.21.08-1.24.67
1.22.34-1.28.45
1.27.55-1.30.55
1.23.44-1.25.65
1000m IN
2.28.55-2.32.44
2.31.33-2.37.44
2.38.43-2.42.44
2.32.32-2.38.66
3000m IN
7.54.15-7.59.44
7.54.22-8.00.55
8.00.44-8.14.66
8.15.55-8.30.32
11om IH
13.75-14.50
14.13-15.30
14.51-16.50
14.62-15.55
300m IH
35.92-38.50
38.02-43.00
39.67-44.00
40.55-45.00
400m IH
50.58-56,00
52.76-60.00
53.39-63.00
54.87-60.00
100m
10.13-10.90
10.44-11.20
10.65-11.40
10.68-11.30
200m
20.87–22.20
21.90-23.00
22.34-24.50
22.02-23.0
400m
45.68-49.90
47.09-52.00
48.61-54.00
48.82-52.00
800m
45.68-49.90
1.52.53-1.57
1.54.32-1.58.44
1.55.31-1.58
1,500m
3.36.42-4.03.56
4.04.19-4.25.33
4.07.34-4.20.66
4.02.45-4.16.44
1,600m
4.04.23-4.23.44
4.12.34-4.33.66
4.17.45-4.42.55
4.12.33-4.39.56
3,000m Steeplechase
8.49.29-9.50
9.32.44-10.15
9.19.05-10.30
9.38.5-10.30
3,200m
8.47.75-9.30.43
8.59.34-9.45.56
9.23.56-10.13.44
9.09.45-10.01.66
5000m XC
14.20-16.05
15.50-16.30
17.00-17.30
16.12-17.00
High Jump
7’5″-6’6″
6’10”-6’4″
6’8″-6’0″
6’6″-6’4″
Pole Vault
18’5″-15’0″
16’11”-14’0″
16’2″-15’0″
15’7″-14’0″
Long Jump
24’4.25″-22’0″
24’1″-20’0″
23’9″-18’6″
20’0″-18’0″
Triple Jump
52’4.75″-44’0″
49’10”-42’0″
48’7″-40’0″
47’11”-42’6″
Shot Put
63’11.5″-55’6″
56’5″-48’6″
55’7″-46’5″
54’3″-49’5″
Discus
193’1″-167’0″
173’3″-156’0″
171.3″-140’0″
161’0″-120’0″
Javelin
225’8″-198’0″
211’3″-155’0″
208’2″-150’0″
185’5″-135’6″
Hammer
212’10”-170’4″
203’2″-175’4″
194’1″-165’3″
188’6″-150’4″
Decathlon
7666-6100 points
6342-5600 points
6239-4500 points
6388-4700 points

 

NCAA Division I Track and Field

This is the top level of US college track and field. The athletes that are competing here are among the best in the world. For many athletes just competing at this level never mind getting a scholarship can be a tremendous accomplishment. It is always good to have a couple DI schools on your list but if your times don’t match up to the athletes currently on the team you might need to look at the other division levels.

NCAA Division II Track and Field

Many of the athletes at the NCAA DII level have the times or ability to make the team at the DI level but choose DII because they can get a better scholarship package and be more competitive. This doesn’t mean the competition level is low, in fact the winning times and marks at DII are often very close to the DI times. The biggest difference is the depth of talent. If you are a fringe DI athlete, you can compete at the DII level and be much more competitive and probably get a bigger scholarship.

NCAA Division III Track and Field

Without the ability to offer athletic scholarships many people feel that DIII sports and track and field in particular are among the purist forms of competition. Athletes at this level could compete at the DII level but have chosen DIII usually because the school is a better fit for them.

NAIA Track and Field

For a long time, people thought NAIA and DIII colleges were the same levels of competition. Over the last few years NAIA track and field has started to show they are much more competitive and actually closer to the DII calibre of athletes.

Junior College Track and Field

The junior college level has a very wide range of talent in track and field. Some athletes are at the Junior College level because they are academically ineligible to be at the NCAA DI level. Other athletes didn’t quite have the times or marks to move straight on to a four-year university so they are at a junior college working to improve and move on after a couple years.

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