Saturday, March 9, 2013

What will it take to make it to State this year?

Saturday's snow has us only dreaming about state qualifying marks and new PRs. Next Saturday, athletes across Colorado will start defining what kinds of marks it will take to get to State in 2013.

The top 18 marks in each classification qualify for the State meet in May. For more details on how State qualifying works in Colorado and how to follow State Leaderboards this season, click here.

What kinds of marks should we be setting our sights on? What it took to qualify last year might be our best guess for what it will take this year. Coach Alan Versaw over at Colorado Track XC graciously gave us permission to publish the 5A data from his "What Did It Take" series. And he notes that what it takes to qualify for State has been on a steady rise over the last several years, so every year it gets a little tougher to make it. Click here for HRHS's results in the 2012 State Meet.

Here are the minimum marks that qualified in 2012:

5A Boys 2012 State Qualifier Minimum Marks:

100 Meters - 11.07 (6 of top 10 seeds advanced to finals)
200 Meters - 22.29 (7 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
400 Meters - 49.67 (8 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
800 Meters - 1:57.65 (8 of top 9 seeds placed)
1600 Meters - 4:28.86 (6 of top 9 seeds placed)
3200 Meters - 9:48.62 (5 of top 9 seeds placed)

110 Hurdles - 15.34 (5 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
300 Hurdles - 40.66 (7 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)

4x100 Relay - 43.48 (6 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
4x200 Relay - 1:30.35 (8 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
4x400 Relay - 3:26.59 (6 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
4x800 Relay - 8:14.51 (7 of top 9 seeds placed)

High Jump - 6-3.0 (15 of 18 entries cleared opening height of 6-0)
Pole Vault - 12-7.0 (18 of 20 entries cleared opening height of 12-0)
Long Jump - 21-9.0 (5 of top 9 seeds placed)
Triple Jump - 43-8.5 (6 of top 9 seeds placed)

Shot Put - 47-6.25 (7 of top 9 seeds placed)
Discus - 147-9 (7 of top 9 seeds placed)

5A Girls 2012 State Qualifier Minimum Marks:

100 Meters - 12.55 (8 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
200 Meters - 25.60 (7 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
400 Meters - 58.78 (5 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
800 Meters - 2:18.93 (6 of top 9 seeds placed)
1600 Meters - 5:13.13 (7 of top 9 seeds placed)
3200 Meters - 11:35.44 (5 of top 9 seeds placed)

100 Hurdles - 15.95 (8 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
300 Hurdles - 46.71 (9 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)

4x100 Relay - 50.23 (7 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
4x200 Relay - 1:45.89 (8 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
4x400 Relay - 4:03.76 (6 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)
4x800 Relay - 9:47.57 (7 of top 9 seeds placed)
SMR8 Relay - 1:50.44 (7 of top 9 seeds advanced to finals)

High Jump - 5-2.0 (18 of 18 entries cleared opening height of 4-10)
Pole Vault - 9-6.0 (20 of 21 entries cleared opening height of 9-0, one entry DNS)
Long Jump - 16-11.5 (6 of top 9 seeds placed)
Triple Jump - 35-4.0 (7 of top 9 seeds placed)

Shot Put - 35-1.0 (6 of top 9 seeds placed)
Discus - 110-2 (7 of top 9 seeds placed)

Used with permission from Colorado Track XCColorado Track XC provides the most comprehensive coverage of high school track and field in the state. Some of their content is freely available, but lots of the best analysis (including the analysis above) is available only by subscription. Click here for subscription details.


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