Track and Field

Tabitha Swenson


According to Larry W. Judge, a fitness manager, if an athlete does not keep working out in cycles, the athlete will lose muscle mass and muscle memory faster than they can gain it back, especially in females (6-7). There are multiple events in Track and Field and almost all events in Track and Field rely on muscle memory. From throwing to running or jumping, there are many different areas of skill that an athlete can soar in. The United States of America Track and Field association (USATF) states, "In 1992, the name was changed to USA Track and Field to increase recognition for the organization and the sport in the United States" (4). Providing more recognition for Track and Field increases the popularity and attraction to the sport.


The scoring of individual events and relay events differ depending on how many teams are present at the meet (Track and Field and Cross Country Rules Book 10-11). if a competitor is disqualified before results are final, lower places get bumped up and receive those points. According to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) Track and Field Rules, "The team winner is determined by totaling the points won by the individuals and relay teams representing that school" (10). In other words, the better the individuals do in their event(s), the better the team does overall. This is very important especially at the Conference, Regional and Sectional meets.


If you place in the top 4 at the Sectional meet you advance to the State meet. The Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association states, "The first [girl's] State Meet was held at Appleton East" (1). This meet was held in 1971 (WIAA 1). Boys Track and Field had been having state meets long before females were introduced to the sport. It wasn't until 1976 when boys and girls competed in the State meet at the same time (WIAA 1).


According to Tom Jorden, author of "Track and Field," "Track and Field is one of the oldest sports" (6). In other words, almost no other sport is as old as Track and Field. It wasn't for a long time before girls/women were involved in Track and Field and participation of this gender has rapidly increased since then (Jorden 9). An organization called International Association of Athletics Federations, IAAF for short, form the standard rules and regulations, makes sure all the athletes follow those rules and regulations, and approves World Records (Jorden 8). These are still the same rules used in Track and Field today.


All athletes should set goals and setting goals are simple. When setting goals, start by picking something simple but just out of reach. According to iSport, "If you set a goal you can't hope to achieve, it will do little more than frustrate you" (6). What this really means is, setting goals too high to actually accomplish creates stress in life and that further prevents you from achieving those set goals. Writing goals down and making them as specific as possible will help in the process of reaching those goals (iSport 11).


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