recruiting for track and field

Ivy League Track and Field Recruiting - Why We Chose Cornell



Why I Chose Cornell: Kaitlyn Roffman

The minute I stepped onto Cornell’s campus for the first time last February, I was pretty confident that it was the place I wanted to spend my next four years. Cornell, being comprised of numerous colleges within the school, provides an extensive list of majors and countless opportunities to pursue as an undergrad. Being undecided about my major, I know that I will have the flexibility to take classes and learn what I am passionate about. Additionally, the success of the track and field and cross country programs at Cornell is very impressive. Meeting Coach Artie and the girls on the track and cross country teams made me realize that Cornell was a place where I could grow and be challenged both academically and athletically. In addition, the size of Cornell is absolutely perfect as it can at times provide a big school feel that can immediately become more small school-like within the individual colleges. Finally, the food on campus is ranked in the top 10 out of all colleges in the country...which I confirmed on my official visit.

Why I Chose Cornell: Sarah Roffman

I chose Cornell University as it met all the criteria for what I was looking for in a college demographically, academically and athletically. Cornell’s rural yet slightly urban feel was extremely appealing to me, as I did not feel overwhelmed by a large city but also did not feel isolated. With the town of Ithaca nearby, I knew I could find more opportunities beyond the boundaries of Cornell University alone. The size of Cornell is ideal. I wanted to have access to a larger community, but also to be able to build relationships with my classmates (something that seemed more difficult with larger class sizes). Academically, Cornell caters well to an undecided high school student like myself. Cornell’s College of Arts and Science was attractive, as it will allow me to explore my interests in a variety of fields, and eventually help me to narrow in on a major. Finally, Coach Artie Smith and the girls on the team made me even more excited about the prospect of attending Cornell. Everyone on the cross country and track and field teams was extremely welcoming and had genuine friendships with one another. I feel that Coach Artie will be great in helping my transition to college running by emphasizing consistency and patience while I work to improve and grow as a runner. The team’s previous success, with high achieving individuals and teams, was also something I felt eager to be a part of. I did not want to sacrifice strong athletics for academics and vice versa, and with Cornell, I get the best of both worlds.   

Iowa Track and Field Recruiting Standards

College Track and Field Recruiting - What Should I Be Doing In My Sophomore Year In High School?

College Track and Field Recruiting

In less than a year, college coaches will be allowed to start contacting you. On September 01 of your Junior year, your recruiting process will begin. 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:


Create an expansive list of schools/programs that meet your specific needs and desires.  Among factors to consider are affiliation level (NCAA I, II, III, NAIA, and JUCO), competitiveness of the program, cost of attendance, quality of education, geographical location, intended academic major, enrollment size, public vs private, and other factors that matter to YOU.

Do not be mesmerized by the name of a school. See beyond the prowess of their football and basketball programs or their academic reputation. Make sure the schools you choose meets your needs for reasons beyond it simply being cool to tell the world you will be running or studying at a particular school. There is much more to college track and field than simply Division I.

Create a list of schools that you would be happy at without track and field - just in case your athletic career does not go as planned.


Do not be passive. Start reaching out to college coaches now from the schools on your list. In my personal dealings with high school student-athletes, I often heard prospects state that the schools on their list were comprised solely of programs that contacted them. If a program you’re interested in does not reach out to you, reach out to them! You will be surprised at how effective personally reaching out will enhance your recruiting experience.

Start to visit colleges during your sophomore year. Take a campus tour, check out the athletic facilities and eat lunch at a local restaurant. Start to get an idea of what it is you want in a college. You can’t sit down and speak with the coach until your Junior year, but you if you happen to bump into them you can say, hi.


Over the span of my thirty-year coaching career, I learned that communication is the most important element to reaching your goals. It is imperative that you learn to communicate openly and effectively with your parents, high school coach, and college coaches.

Because it is only your sophomore year college coaches are not allowed to respond to your emails and other forms of communication, but now is still a good time to start reaching out. Fill out their online questionnaire. Send an email expressing your interest in their program and give them a brief overview of who you are as an athlete and student.

Your sophomore year is a great time to begin readying yourself for the process that is about to begin. You should view this time as your pre-season training. Although there will be no meets during this time the work and preparation that you do now will be critical to future success.

For more recruiting information click below:

What Should I Be Doing in My Senior Year 

What Should I Be Doing in My Junior Year 


College Track and Field Recruiting: What Should I Be Doing In My Junior Year In High School?

Track Recruiting


Your Junior year of high school has arrived. With the new NCAA recruiting rules in place, coaches were allowed to start contacting you on September 1st. Many programs are in the midst of finalizing their recruiting classes for this year and will begin focusing their efforts on next year’s class – this year’s juniors.

To ensure that you take full advantage of this process, here are a few suggestions to help you find the right fit for you.

1. Cast A Wide Net

Your junior year is about seeing what’s out there and what kind of school might be a good fit for you. If you have not yet done so create an expansive list of schools/programs that meet your specific needs and desires. Among factors to consider are affiliation (NCAA I, II, III, NAIA and JUCO), competitiveness of the program, cost of attendance, quality of education, geographical location, intended academic major, enrollment size, public vs private, and other factors that matter to you.

Think about what may impact your athletic experience the most like coaching style, athlete retention, and success of the program. Determine if you are a good fit athletically – many schools post their recruiting standards online.

Know what the academic requirements are for the schools you are considering to determine if you are potentially admissible.

Continually revise your list. During my coaching career, I often saw recruits close doors too early. They would rule out programs in their junior year of high school based on a variety of factors and then end up scrambling in the end when Plan A did not work out. Make sure to keep Plan B in play as to not have to settle for Plan C at the last minute.

2. Fill Out Online Recruiting Questionnaires

The online recruiting questionnaire is a good first and simple means to initiate communication with a program. It allows the coach to assess if you are a good fit for their program. In a recent interview with the Recruiting Code, Duke University Head Women’s Cross Country Coach, Rhonda Riley was asked, “What are the important steps for an athlete to get noticed by you?” She responded, “The two ways to get on my radar are to fill out our online questionnaire and to follow up with an email. When a high school athlete takes the time to send an email with their contact information, personal best marks, academic information etc. it means they are serious about considering Duke as a potential university.” Online recruiting questionnaires are typically very easy to find on individual schools’ track and field websites.

3. Contact College Coaches

Over the span of my 30-year coaching career, I learned that communication is the most important element to reaching your goals. If you have not yet started - start reaching out to college coaches from the schools on your list. You will be surprised at how effective personally reaching out to coaches will enhance your recruiting experience.

Proofread every email before hitting send. A great deal of communication in the early phases of the recruiting process is going to be cut and paste on both sides, however, making a simple mistake can dehumanize the process and render the remainder of your communication less credible. Make sure you are addressing the proper institution and coach. I cannot tell you how many emails I received from recruits specifically addressed to a rival coach expressing their interest in a rival school.

Send updates on a regular basis. Most coaches receive dozens of emails from recruits each day so it’s important that you keep yourself on their radar.

4. Take The ACT / SAT

Register and take the SAT/ACT during your junior year. If you feel adequately prepared, I would suggest taking the test in the fall of your junior year. This will allow you plenty of time to take it for the second time in the spring. Everyone's test prep is going to vary based on their own strengths, weaknesses, schedule, and goals. At the very minimum, though, all students should try to put in 10 hours of focused test prep, at least to get familiar with the format and timing of the test. Realistically, you would need to put in much more time over a sustained period to do well.

However, if you are not ready to take the test do not view it as a test-run. Do not take the test until you have prepared to do so at a level that is reflective of your academic potential.

If you are considering attending a highly selective academic institution taking the test earlier will significantly enhance your recruitment. Most selective schools will not vigorously pursue a potential-student athlete without test scores to determine admissibility.

5. Utilize Unofficial Visits

Unofficial visits can help you gather significant information about individual programs and schools. This time will allow you an opportunity to meet the coach in person, tour the college, check out the athletic facilities, and possibly meet current team members.

Do your homework - know who and where you are visiting. Have a keen understanding of the unique strengths of each school and team, as it will show the respective coaching staff how serious you are about their program.

Use this time to learn as much as you can about the program and coaching staff. Identify the factors that will be most important to you in determining if you will return for an official visit. Have a short list of specific questions ready that address the most critical factors in your college decision.

There is no imposed limit on the number of unofficial visits you may take, so take as many as possible. There is no better tool to help you hone in on the best school/program for you.

In summary:

Do not be passive – start reaching out to college coaches now. Be aggressive 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.

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Below you will find the general track and field recruiting standards NCAA I Power 5 Schools are using to determine how much scholarship money to offer a current prospect. Most schools have three standards that they adhere to:

1. WALK-ON -  For more information on NCAA I Walk-On Standards (CLICK HERE

2. PARTIAL SCHOLARSHIP -  For more information on NCAA I Partial Scholarship Standards (CLICK HERE)


Below you will find the performances that are needed to get a full-ride to an NCAA I school. 


EVENT       MEN / WOMEN                          

100m         10.35       11.50                

200m         21.00      23.50                         

400m        46.90      53.00                          

800m         1:49        2:07                              

1600m        4:04      4:47                           

3200m        8:50        10:30                         

110HH      13.65       13.50                   

300IH          36.50      41.80             

400IH          51.50       58.50                           

PV               17'          13' 3"               

LJ                25'           20'           

TJ                51'          41' 6'                         

HJ                7'             6'                        

SP              63'            50'             

Dis             200'           170'         

Jav            225'            160'        

Ham          225'            185'   

How Good Do I Need To Be To Get a Partial Scholarship for Track and Field at an NCAA I (Power 5) School ?



In the sport of track and field/cross country getting a full athletic scholarship is extremely difficult. Men's Track and Field programs are allowed a maximum of 12.6 scholarships while the women are allotted 18. However, with over 20 events contested at the collegiate level,  programs need to spread out their scholarship money. As a result, it is extremely common for track and field and cross country programs to offer partial athletic scholarships.

Below you will find the general recruiting standards NCAA I Power 5 Schools are using to decide whether or not to offer a partial athletic scholarship. Remember, these standards are from "big-time" division one programs. Mid-major programs will have slightly lesser standards depending on their level competitiveness.  




EVENT       MEN        WOMEN                             

100m          10.50       11.70

200m          21.40       24.00

400m          47.50       54.20

800m          1:52          2:12

1600m         4:12         4:55

3200m         9:10         10:45

110HH        14.00      14.00 (100H)

300IH          37.50        43.00

400IH          52.80       60.00

PV                16'           12' 6"

LJ                 24'            19'

TJ                 49'            40'

HJ                6' 10"        5' 8"

SP                60'             47'

Dis              185'            155'

Jav             205'           145'

Ham           225'            185' 


WALK-ON STANDARDS -  For more information on NCAA I TRACK AND FIELD Walk-On Standards (CLICK HERE) 




Below you will find general Walk-On Standards for Power 5 (NCAA I) teams. The standards below are not specific to any particular school, but rather an aggregate of numerous unpublished walk-on standards from college coaches at Power 5 schools. Obviously, the standards will vary from school to school slightly based on their particular strengths, weaknesses and conference affiliation, but the standards listed below will give you a good idea regardless of where you are looking. 

EVENT           MEN                WOMEN

100M              10.75              11.90

200M              21.65              24.60

400M             48.70               56.50

800M              1:54                2:15

1600M           4:19                 5:09

3200M            9:20                11:20

110HH           14.40              14.40 (100H Hurdles)

300IH             38.50              44.50

400IH             54.00              62.50

LJ                    23’                18 ‘ 6”

TJ                    47’                 38 ‘ 6”

HJ                    6’7”               5’6”

PV                   15’6”              11’6”

SP                    57’                  42’

Discus            165’               140’

Jav                  180’               125’

Hammer         190’                150’


USC Track and Field Recruiting Standards


How hard is it to compete for the USC Trojan Track and Field Team? Check out the standards below for the 2018 NCAA National Champion Women and the 4th Place Men. It is no easy task to run for the Trojans, but if you have what it takes to fill out their recruiting questionnaire below. 





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NYU Track and Field Recruiting Standards


NYU Track and Field Recruiting Standards

Interested in competing in Track and Field/Cross Country at NYU – check out their preliminary recruiting standards at the bottom of this article.


2018 NYU Top Performers - 

Men – 48.04 – 400m, 1:52.92 – 800m, 31:15.66 – 10000m

Women – 17:56.22 – 5000m, 400IH – 62.39, 38 ‘ 2” – Triple Jump


Coaching Staff – Amazingly Accomplished Former Athletes

Head Coach – Erison Hurtault – 2008 and 2012 Olympian, NCAA I All-American, Ivy League Champion – BIO

Assistant Coach – Nicole Traynor – NCAA I All-American and USA Olympic Trials Qualifier – BIO

Assistant Coach – John Trautman – 1992 Olympian, Former DMR World Record Holder, NCAA I All-American – BIO


Did You know that 19% of NYU’s Class of 2018 are non-US citizens –NYU actually has the highest number of International Students of any school in the United States.





Event            Men              Women

100m            11.20               12.90

200m           23.00             26.50

400m           51.50              60.00

800m           2:01.00         2:25.00

110 / 100mH  15.50           15.80

300mIH        42.25             48.70

400mH         58.00            65.00

1600m           4:35              5:25

3200m          10:00            11:45

Long Jump       21'             17’

Triple Jump    42’6”            35’

High Jump      6’ 0”            5’ 2”

Shot Put          42’               35’

Discus             120’            105’

Javelin           154' 2"         95' 1"

Hammer          140’            125’

Pole Vault         13'             10'

5k XC             16:30           19:45










Dustin Horter

Your junior year has come and gone. Most of you are weeks away from the start of your senior year. If you are finding yourself not being heavily recruited or with any real viable college options it is time to reevaluate your college search process. Obviously, there is still time to devise a new strategy and create a new outreach plan, but that time is here.

Your first step should be to identify the why’s behind your current non-recruitment status. If coaches from the schools on your list are not responding to your communications, they are most likely not interested. If you have yet to hear from programs not on your list, they either do not know about you or they are not interested. Do not be passive – find out which it is and try to rectify the situation.

Unfortunately, if they are not interested in you as a recruit there is very little that you can do other than improving upon your current marks during the indoor or early outdoor season. . However, if it is because they don’t know about you – there is a lot you can do.

If you want to compete in college here are six things you should be doing.

1.        Try, try again – and, then move on.

Send another e-mail or make one more phone call to the programs you have an interest in who have not yet contacted you or responded back to your previous communications. I would suggest an email expressing your sincere desire to attend their school and compete for them directed to both the Head Coach and the event coach who would be coaching you. If you still don’t hear back from them it is probably time to cross them off of your list.

2.        Reach out to schools that have reached out to you.

Go through your old e-mails, letters of inquiry, questionnaires, generic correspondences and create a list of every school that has contacted you.  Reach out to these programs and start a dialogue if you haven’t yet. You may be pleasantly surprised and find a good fit for you at a place you are not currently considering. At this point in time, you are trying to create a list of options – you can always say no at a later date. Ideally, it would be nice to have choices and to be in a position to say no to a few schools. Concentrate your efforts on programs that have shown an interest in you.

3. Expand your search

If you are not being recruited, you have three primary options. The first would be to have a great senior year and wait it out. However, this could prove extremely stressful and place a lot of pressure on you. The second option would be to contemplate not competing in college. In my opinion, this is a terrible choice if you enjoy competing! Thirdly, you can expand your search and find a school where you can compete. Reevaluate your goals and desires and be realistic. Identify different types of schools and different levels of programs than you have previously been considering. Because you are a senior, you should do this immediately. Identify numerous new schools that match your current athletic and academic levels of achievement.

4.        Create a different means of outreach

If e-mails are not working, try Twitter, give them a call, send a letter or visit the campus and stop by their office to introduce yourself. Do what you have to do to get noticed. The goal is to start a conversation. 

5.        Enlist the Help of your High School Coach

If you are not making progress on your own enlist the help of your high school coach.  Ask your current coach to review your list of schools and to offer truthful and critical feedback on what programs/schools are viable options for you. Also, ask them for suggestions to expand your list. After you reach out to these programs ask your coach to send a follow-up email on your behalf identifying your personal strengths and potential as a runner. Be sure to make it easy for your high school coach to do this for you. Provide them with the contact information of the college coaches and all of the pertinent information they will need speak on positively your behalf

6.        Enlist the help of a third-party

If you are still not generating the type of response you are looking for try to find an additional source of help. Contact current college runners you know at schools you have an interest in, alums who ran in college with a keen understanding of current recruiting trends, family friends with direct contacts to coaching staffs and recruiting services with real connections and access to the inside. Enlist all of the help you can get – you are competing for your future.

In summary:

This is your senior this year and if you want to compete in college but are not being recruited, you need to change your approach. You either need to start a more vigorous outreach campaign or redirect your focus to generate more interest in you as a recruit. Take advantage of the next few months to get noticed, recruited and to find the best fit for you.