Track Recruiting

Track and Field Recruiting From the Eyes of an Elite HS Runner

Interview with Cory Mull

Interview with Cory Mull

Senior, Talitha Diggs finished her junior season ranked in the top 10 nationally in the 400m (52.82 seconds) and top 50 in the 200m (23.88). As a result, basically every school in the country started recruiting her. To date, her top six choices are Texas, South Carolina, LSU, Florida, Stanford and the University of Southern California. Here are a few things Diggs is keeping in mind with each visit.

1.COACHING PHILOSOPHY: "When I look for a coach, I'm looking for a family-oriented program and a supportive coach who wants you to come to the university but also really wants to train you as an athlete. They know what you're capable of doing. I need tough love, too."

2. PRIOR SUCCESS: "I'm looking at the success they've had in the 200m and 400m and the 100m. I'm looking to see how I can add to that, to make it stronger. That's an important thing. With (Texas') Coach Floreal, for instance, he's had a lot of coaching experience in the areas I run.”

3. CULTURE: "I'd like to work with a mentor. I like tough love. I think it makes you stronger. But while I want to be a great track athlete, I want to be a better person. I want an environment that gives me all those things."

4. TEAMMATES: "It's definitely an important factor to me. Being able to have teammates who can push me, mentally just be able to push me. They build the environment of the school, so what each teammate brings to that university is going to matter for me."

5. DEPTH CHART: Based on signings over the past three seasons, here are sprinters who have signedwith each program on Diggs' final list of six teams.

Track & Field Recruiting – What Should I Be Doing This Summer?

Track Recruiting

Track and Field Recruiting

The NCAA currently reports that over 1.5 million boys and girls participate in high school track & field and cross country. Of those 1.5 million participants, only 85,000-90,000 will compete in college, or approximately 4-7% depending upon event and gender

As a result, it is imperative that you devise a plan of action early on in your high school career. You have worked too hard and sacrificed far too much to idly wait for the process to begin. Take control of your destiny in the same manner you have your academic and athletic endeavors. The recruiting process will require the same such commitment from you.

Below are factors to considering when searching for the college of your dreams.

Going To Be A Sophomore

With the new NCAA Recruiting Rules your recruiting process will begin in less than a year. As a result, it is imperative that you devise a plan of action now. Below are three suggestions for you to consider during your sophomore year of high school to optimize your college recruitment experience:

  1. Create a list of schools
  2. Send an introductory email
  3. Communicate effectively

For more information click here - SOPH YEAR

Going To Be A Junior

Your junior year is quickly approaching and it is time to start seriously considering where you want to continue your academic and athletic pursuits. Do not be passive -- start reaching out to college coaches now. Be proactive in your outreach and email every program that you are interested in, regardless of the perceived reach. Be your own greatest advocate and take charge of your future.

  1. Cast A Wide Net
  2. Fill Out Online Recruiting Questionnaires
  3. Contact College Coaches
  4. Take The ACT / SAT
  5. Utilize Unofficial Visits

For more informaiton click here - Jr Year

Going To Be A Senior

If you are not being recruited at all yet or not hearing from the programs you are most interested in is time to reevaluate your college search process. There is still time plenty of time to devise a new strategy and create a new outreach plan.

  1. Try, try again – and, then move on. Re-contact everyone.
  2. Reach out to all the schools that have reached out to you
  3. Expand your search
  4. Try different means of outreach
  5. Enlist the Help of your High School Coach
  6. Enlist the help of a third-party

For more information click here - Sr Year

If you are not getting your desired results and need help - enlist the services of Fast Track Recruiting. We have produced the desired results for numerous families.

Stanford Track and Field Recruiting Standards

Stanford Track and Field Recruiting Standards

Want to compete for the Stanford Cardinal Track and Field Program? Get ready to work hard! Not only will you have to have close to a 4.0 GPA and test scores in the 30 ACT / 1400 SAT range, you are also going to need off the chart performance marks as well, regardless of your event. There is no easy way onto this team.

The Stanford coaching staff purposefully does not post recruiting standards for their program. According to their coaches there are too many factors to consider.

I went through their roster to identify what marks their current athletes achieved in High School. The performances listed below will give you an idea of just how competitive you will need to be in each event:

EVENT            MEN                WOMEN

 100m              10.50             11.60

200m              21.40              23.50

400m              47.75              53.90

800m              1:51                2:05

1600m           4:06                4:42

3200m           8:58                10:20

110HH         13.70              13.70

300IH            37.00              59.50 (400IH)

HJ                   6’ 10”             5’ 8”

LJ                    23 ‘ 6”           19’ 6”

TJ                    49’                  41’

PV                 good luck       13’ 6”

SP                    60’                  47’

Discus             190’                160’

Javelin            210’                165’

Hammer         200’                160’

How I Made My College Decision - Gen Hirata

Gen Hirata

The college decision is a tough one, but I feel like the choice was clear for me. I have been pole vaulting for a little over two years and knew since day one that I would want to compete in the sport in college. I searched for the best schools with the best pole vaulting programs in the nation and contacted their coaches. I researched and visited several schools before I found my top pick, the University of South Dakota. When I talked to Coach Derek Miles on the phone for the first time, I knew South Dakota would be a top contender for me. After a few more phone calls with other coaches I narrowed down my choices and visited my top four schools, Virginia Tech, the University of Arkansas, the University of Virginia, and the University of South Dakota. Although all of these schools had outstanding programs, both athletically and academically, I decided that South Dakota would be the right fit for me. After meeting all of the pole vaulters at South Dakota and speaking with all of the track and field staff, I knew South Dakota would be my top choice. Coach Miles ensured me that he would do his absolute best to make me the best pole vaulter I could be and I genuinely believed him. His coaching style is similar to the way my current club coach, Val Osipenko, teaches which was something that was very important to me in my decision making process. Coach Val and coach Miles are both passionate about what they do and thoroughly enjoy coaching others to success. In the end, I knew for certain that the University of South Dakota would be my new home for the next few years. 



Track Recruiting

Want to know what you need to run, jump or throw to get the attention of the schools of your dreams? I have provided links to numerous schools below. Most indicate what performance they require from you to either walk-on or gain an athletic scholarship.

I would caution you to take this information with a gigantic grain of salt. Many program’s list of published standards is more their dream wish list as opposed to their actual line in the sand list. Numerous programs list rather stringent walk-on standards, but a simply quick perusal of their teams performances at will clearly show that many athletes in their program (regardless of year in college) are incapable of hitting the listed walk-on standard expected of high school athletes.

My point – don’t be discouraged if you don’t hit their published marks – just keep improving and striving toward that mark. Use the recruiting process to sell yourself effectively! However, if you are not anywhere near their walk-on times, you may want to consider other options.

MIT Track and Field Recruiting Standards

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University of Michigan Track and Field Recruiting Standards

Columbia University Track and Field Recruiting Standards

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