Over 2,000 universities in the United States offer track and field scholarships to guys and girls who would like to combine sports and studies. Being a track and field student-athlete in the U.S. is the perfect way to improve your game, become stronger mentally and physically, build a network of international friends and earn a university degree which will lay the foundation for a successful career, whether on or off the track.
The American college track and field competition is a major producer of Olympic athletes thanks to of its high level, intense practice schedules and world-class athletic facilities.
How does college track & field work?
Collegiate track and field is different to ‘regular’ track and field. Most importantly, you do not just compete individually, but you also represent your university’s team. Each team consists of male and female sprinters, distance runners, hurdlers, throwers, jumpers, and multi-athletes (heptathlon). On average, a team consists of 40-60 athletes.
Collegiate track is broken down into three different seasons: indoor track season (indoor on a 200-meter track), outdoor track season (outdoor 400-meter track), and cross country (for distance runners). Throughout each season, teams compete against other universities at several different track ‘meets’ (tournaments). At each meet, athletes are scored individually and at the team level, with men’s and women’s teams scored separately.
The goal is to earn as many points as possible for your university team. Points for the total team score are earned by scoring within the top 8 in each separate event. For example, if a runner finishes first in the 200m sprint, he/she has not only won individually, but also scored 10 points for their college team. At the end of each meet, the total scores of each separate event are added up, and one university is the champion! Because of this, the team spirit is high and the atmosphere during meets is very energetic because team members support each other and hype each other up.
Slamstox track & field athletes
Slamstox has placed many track & field athletes on a variety of American universities. Some of them belong to the top of the NCAA and international competitions, while others have competed mostly in local events. From California to Florida to New York, our athletes are competing all over the US!
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College track & field fun facts
Did you know that…
- At the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, the American team consisted of 558 athletes. 417 of them were (ex-) college student-athletes!
- The NCAA hosts 21 official collegiate track and field events. 17 of these events have record holders that are better than the Dutch national records.
- Churandy Martina is one of the most successful Dutch athletes who has been a student-athlete in the United States. He represented the University of Texas, El Paso.
- The American college track & field competition is the largest and strongest track and field competition in the world.
- Slamstox track & field specialist Bob Vanderham was a mid distance runner for University of North Carolina Wilmington. After his college career, he placed 2nd at the Dutch national championships at the 800m event.