Jayhawks' 2010 Conference / Regional / National Scoreboard Watch
April 7, 2010
The NCAA has implemented a new process for qualification into the 2010 Outdoor Track & Field Championships. Hard-line qualifying standards will no longer be used for entry into a regional meet. Instead of a four-region system, all schools in Division I track and field will be categorized into either the East or West region. There will be two preliminary sites for the 2010 NCAA Championships based on these regions. Kansas will compete in the West region in Austin, Texas May 27-29.
In order to qualify for this meet, which is technically the first round of the championships, an athlete must be among the top 48 per region in the individual event in which they declare, while the top 24 relays per region, that declare, will compete at the preliminary site. The caveat to this rule would be for the heptathlon/decathlon events. The top 24 overall that declare for the combined events will contest at the national-final site in Eugene, Ore. Therefore, the season will be somewhat of a constant “scoreboard watch” of the top 48 individual times/marks recorded in each region, and the top 24 relay times per region.
Some events, like the sprints and up to the 1500m will have four rounds as part of the national championship: two contested at the preliminary sites and two at the finals site. Some events contest one round at the prelim site, and two at the finals site. Every round will have a “national” component to its title since this is essentially one big meet. Advancement through the rounds will be determined on placement in the round in question and not on prior performances during the season.
Click the link below to view the list of Kansas athletes who are among the NCAA’s Top 48, as well as those in the “Top 10 of Big 12” – as of 4/26/2010