Track & Field Season Has Begun

2013 Myrtle Beach Track Meet (531 of 665)Track season began for my high school hurdler in February and my elementary distance runner just this week. It does not seem all that long ago that cross country ended and now we are into track season. For high school, the season is really short. They have tryouts and practices in February then meets start in March. Most of team completes their season by mid-April because the final meets are so large that they can only enter a few athletes per event. For those kids that qualify all the way to the final state meet, the season is still over by mid-May.

The youth track and field team in town always starts during the first full week of April with the first meet usually at the end of April or early May. This year, our first meet is on May 2nd. It is a short season with the big state meet being the weekend of June 12th.

Cross country is really fun because the coaches encourage the parents to run some of the practices with the kids and the meets are short. But I really like track and field a lot because of the variety in the events. If you are not familiar with track and field, here is a short rundown of the available events. In our youth meets, athletes ages 12 and under compete in three events while older athletes may compete in four events.

Running & Field Events

100m Dash All ages
200m Dash All ages
400m Dash All ages
800m Run All ages
1500m Run All ages
3000m Run 11 & Up
80/100/110m Hurdles 11 & Up
200/400m Hurdles 13 & up
2000m Steeplechase 15 & Up
1500/3000m Racewalk 9 & Up
4x100m Relay All ages
4x400m Relay All ages
4x800m Relay 11 & Up
Long Jump All ages
High Jump 9 & Up
Triple Jump 13 & Up
Pole Vault 13 & Up
Shot Put All ages
Discus Throw 11 & Up
Javelin Throw All ages
Hammer Throw 15 & Up
Combined Events 9 & Up


My Kids’ Events

Noah – 15 years old

  • 110 High Hurdles
  • 400 m Hurdles
  • 400 m Dash
  • Long Jump

Piper – 10 years old

  • 1500 m Run
  • 3000 m Run
  • High Jump

Noah loves his event set. He has competed in these events since he was old enough for each event. He started the 400 m dash and long jump during his first season of track at age 9 and began hurdling when he turned 11. Before he hurdled, he also ran the 200 m dash. Piper is just aging up this year to the 11-12 age group (even though she is still 10) and is now allowed to run the 3000 m. This is the same distance as her cross country race so I think she will like this new event. She is also trying high jump for the first time. The past few years she has competed in long jump and shot put but she wanted to try something new. I think she might be good at it once she learns to bend her back to get her booty over the bar. She’ll get it!


About Tracy Diane

I run. I swim. I write.
This entry was posted in Kids Running and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *