The Montana state track meets are only three weeks away, so let’s refresh our memories on how those top athletes find their ways to the entrants table.
Along with qualifying through divisional meets pre-state, athletes from Class AA and A can book their trip by hitting certain qualifying standards at a regular season meet or even at their respective divisional.
Here’s a look at the qualifying standards per MHSA.com:
No qualifying marks exist in Class B or C so those athletes must get to state the old fashioned way: Top finishes at the divisionals.
Divisional meets, which will be held in two weeks the weekend of May 23-24, allow for a set number of finishers per event to reach state. For AA and A, these may also be those who hit the standards earlier in the season. The already-qualified competitors must be entered in their respective divisional in that event, though they are not required to compete.
Class AA (both divisions) – the first six place winners, including ties for sixth place in
all field events.
Class A (all divisions) – the first five place winners, including ties for fifth place in all
Class B – the first six place winners, including ties for sixth place in all field events, in
the Northern and Western divisions and the first eight place winners, including ties
for eighth place in all field events, in the Southern Division.
Class C (all divisions) – the first five place winners, including ties for fifth place in all field events.
There you have it. Now get ready for state season 2014, it’s almost here! Class AA and C is in Great Falls at Memorial Stadium May 30-31. Class A and B is in Butte at Naranche Stadium that same weekend.