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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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Iowa Track and Field Recruiting Standards

University of Miami Track and Field Recruiting Standards

Stanford Track and Field Recruiting Standards

Stanford Track and Field Recruiting Standards

Want to be a part of Fast Track Recruiting Coach Network and Stanford Head Coach Chris Miltenberg’s  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.

Coach Miltenberg and the Stanford coaching staff purposefully do not post recruiting standards for their program. There are too many factors to consider.

I went through their roster to se 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’

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' 

Why To Consider a Distance-Oriented Track Program



It requires only a brief glance at the NCAA results to realize that many of the nation’s top cross country teams are programs that have made a deliberate decision to focus their resources on distance running. At the Women’s NCAA I Cross Country Championships last weekend, Colorado and New Mexico finished 1st and 2nd  - both team are distance-oriented programs. On the men’s side, Northern Arizona University, Portland and Colorado finished 1st, 3rd and 4th respectively further confirming this trend. Look no further than upstarts Furman University and Bradley University as impactful programs on the national level.

To learn more about the advantages of running for such a program I spoke with current Boston Athletic Association (BAA) High Performance Coach Ricardo Santos.

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An athlete at Iona College, Santos was an NCAA All-American. As a coach, his athletes accrued a long list of accomplishments, including NCAA Cross Country, Indoor, and Outdoor Track Championships, All-American honors, Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference championships, and eight top-10 NCAA team finishes in cross-country.

Santos stated, “Throughout the college recruiting process, numerous high-level distance runners are faced with the decision between looking at schools with complete track and field programs versus those that focus on cross country and distance events on the track.  Having been at a distance-only school as a student-athlete and coach, I may be a little biased, but there are many advantages to competing for a distance-oriented program. 

I asked Coach Santos what factor he considered to be the most positively impactful. In his opinion, he thought that “The most important factor is individualism. Coaches are able to focus more on individuals as the number of overall athletes on the team tends to be smaller than those of a full program.  He further stated that “This can allow for a more natural progression in an athlete’s career and not rush them into higher mileage or inappropriate intensity level of training before the athlete is ready, thus, reducing the risk of injury or burn- out.

Coach Santos went on to say, “Another key factor is not over racing.  Many of the full programs during the track seasons are looking to win meets - this may mean that an athlete will have to compete in multiple races to score points for the team.  Potentially, this can lead to over racing.  With distance only programs there is a less chance of over racing as most meets will focus on individual performance as opposed to team finish. The primary focus is on the post-season and individual achievement on the track.

Santos concluded, “In the end, it really depends on what the prospective student-athlete is looking for.  There are many factors to consider when deciding between a distance only program and a more tradition full track and field program.  However, in my opinion, the distance only program serves as a great benefit for someone looking to develop at a more natural progression.

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

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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