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College Track and Field Recruiting - University of Toledo Track and Field


University Of Toledo Track and Field Standards

Event Full Scholarship / Partial Scholarship / Walk-ons

100m 11.70 / 11.90 / 12.40

200m 24.30/ 24.80 / 25.60

400m 55.50 / 56.50 / 58.50

800m 2:08.00 /2:15.00 / 2:20

1600m 4:50.00 /5:10.00 / 5:20

3200m 10:40.00 /11:10.00 / 11:10

100H 14.00/ 14.40 / 15.40

300H 42.20/ 43.50 / 46.00

400H 59.00 /61.50 / 64.00

HJ 5' 10" / 5' 8" / 5' 4"

LJ 20' 0" / 18' 10" / 18'

TJ 41' 0" / 38' 6" / 37'

Shot 49' 0" / 43' 0" / 40'

Discus 165'0" / 140' 0" / 130'

Javelin 160' / 135' / 110'

What You Should Be Doing In Your Junior Year - Track and Field Recruiting Advice

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You are almost halfway through your junior year of high school and will be heading off to college in little over a year. Many programs have completed their recruiting classes for this year and are now focusing their efforts on next year’s class – this year’s juniors.

As it is now permissible for college coaches to call juniors the recruiting process has already begun. 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:

 Your junior year is quickly passing 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 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. 


Track and Field Recruiting Tip of the Week - Identify Viable Options

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Do your research and have an idea what schools and programs are truly viable options for you based on your current and projected athletic and academic achievements. Track and Field is unique in that a tangible comparison if often possible. Do your research and see how your PR’s compare to the previous year’s recruits at the schools you are most interested in. A quick perusal of the school’s track and field website and Milesplit will allow you to gain an honest perspective of how you stack up. Look further into how your GPA and test scores measure up to the profile of the incoming class. However, if you are being recruited by a particular school, you should realize that most coaches have quite a bit of leeway with the Office of Admissions – so don’t be scared away if the numbers seem daunting.

Realistically assess your academic and athletic numbers and start form there. For example, a high school girl who has run 13.00 for 100m or a young man who has run 2:03 for 800m cannot expect to compete in the SEC. Along the same line, a student with a 21 on the ACT should not expect to be admitted to NYU or Harvard regardless of a coach’s support.

It is important to identify the schools and programs that are the best fit for you. And, although it is imperative to dream big and shoot for the stars, it is also important to be realistic about your current athletic and academic abilities to find the vey best fit for you!

Best NCAA Division I Colleges - Fast Track Recruiting 2019 Cross Country Power Rankings

Fast Track Recruiting Cross Country Power Rankings looked at over 300 NCAA Division 1 College Cross Country programs. Our best program list is based on the school’s academic rankings and Regional and National Cross Country Rankings.

Here are the programs that are representing the best results in and out of the classroom using our criteria.

Best NCAA Division 1 Colleges

2019 Men’s XC Power Rankings: 

1.     Stanford

2.     Princeton

3.     Notre Dame

4.     Michigan

5.     UCLA

6.     Wisconsin

7.     UVA

8.     Washington

9.     BYU

10. Purdue          

Honorable Mention:

Texas, Georgetown, Penn, Army, Dartmouth, Brown, Penn State

Best NCAA Division 1 Colleges

2019 Women’s XC Power Rankings:

1.     Stanford

2.     Princeton

3.     Columbia

4.     Michigan

5.     Notre Dame

6.     Dartmouth

7.     Villanova

8.     Wisconsin

9.     Georgia Tech

10. Washington    

Honorable Mention:

BYU, Penn State, Yale, Duke, Wake Forest, Penn, Illinois, Northwestern, Cornell

UVA Track and Field Recruiting Standards

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Want to run for UVA? And, by run I mean run, jump, hurdle or throw. It will be no easy task. Their academic standards are stringent. In addition, as a member of the 16 team ACC conference points are hard to come by. UVA prefers a smaller roster made up of athletes capable of scoring at the ACC and NCAA meet. Their scholarship standards are based on how many points you will score for them at those two meets. Although, they do not post specific qualifying standards the performance listed below will give you an idea of what performance marks you will need:


EVENT           SCHOLARSHIP          WALK-ON

100m              10.50                          10.70

200m              21.00                          21.50

400m              47.50                          48.50

800m             1:51.00                       1:54.00

1600m           4:06.00                       4:13.00

3200m           9:00.00                       9:15.00

110HH           13.80                          14.10

300IH             36.50                          37.50

400IH             51.50                          53.50

LJ                   24 ‘ 6”                        23 ‘

TJ                    51’                            47’ 6”

HJ                   6’11                           6’8”

PV                    17’                            16’

SP                    64’                           57’6”

Discus            190’                          170’

Javelin            215’                           190’

Hammer         225’                            200’



EVENT           SCHOLARSHIP          WALK-ON

100m              11.60                          11.90

200m              23.80                          24.90

400m              54.00                          56.50

800m              2:10.00                       2:14.00

1600m           4:50.00                       5:00.00

3200m           10:40.00                    11:00.00

100H              13.80                          14.40

300IH             42.50                          44.50

400IH             59.50                         62.50

LJ                   19 ‘ 6”                       18 ‘ 6”

TJ                   41’                             38’

HJ                   5’11                            5’7”

PV                  13’                              12’

SP                  50’                             47’

Discus           160’                            145’

Javelin           155’                            130’

Hammer         175’                           160’


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UNC Track and Field Recruiting Standards

Curious how fast you need to be to run for the UNC? Below we have listed their walk-on and scholarship standards.

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Alabama Track and Field Recruiting Standards

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Want to run track and field for the University of Alabama? See their recruiting standards below for both walk-ons and scholarship opportunities.

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Paying For College - NCAA I Track and Field Scholarship Standards


Student debt is higher than ever. In fact, total student debt has surpassed $1.5 trillion. Furthermore, the average college graduate leaves college $38,000 in debt. In addition, one in six college graduates owes more in student loans than they make in a year. Currently, the average monthly student loan payment for recent grads is more than $350.

Numerous schools offer need-based financial aid and scholarships in addition to academic based incentive scholarships. In addition to school issued monies there a numerous outside organizations that offer scholarships. Find Outside Awards.

Need help - use these resources to find and filter outside award opportunities:

· Search private scholarships, find those that match your criteria, and send a personalized letter with your information to scholarship sponsors.

·       Fastweb!: Create a personalized profile that can be matched against a database of more than 1.5 million scholarships totaling more than $3.4 billion, and get notifications of new scholarships and approaching deadlines.

· Search scholarships from nearly 3,000 sources, potentially worth up to $3 billion.

· Search for scholarships and grants from many different sources, and find information on both federal and private financial aid sources.

·       UNIGO: Find scholarships that match your hobbies, interests, and academic background in a database of 3.6 million awards worth over $14 billion. Gain tips on finding and applying for scholarships and download scholarship applications.

·       SchoolSoup Scholarship Directory: Search for scholarships by a variety of key categories using SchoolSoup’s free scholarship matching platform.

·       Scholarship Search by SallieMae: Access more than 5 million awards worth over $24 billion and get notifications when new scholarships become available.

For elite high school track and field / cross country athletes additional money can be obtained through an athletic scholarship. We have put together the times you will need to run to receive athletic scholarship money at a NCAA I Power Five program.

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


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'     



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'