Mancos ran a 45.80 4x100 to qualify for last year's state meet. That was well ahead of the minimum mark of 47.22 required to get to state in that event. Colorado Track XC file photo.
Been shivering through the first three days of practice and need something to help thaw your brain? Here's something to ponder over as you plan for warmer days ahead.
As athletes think about the season ahead, one question that runs through the minds of a lot of individuals is, "What will it take to make it to state?" The answer to that question, of course, varies a great deal by classification. And, while there's no way to project now exactly what it will take to make it to state this year, the first and best indicator is what it took to make it to state last year. That's what this series of articles is about. We'll break down those magical marks for each classification and gender over the next few days.
For those who like more detail with their analysis, I've broken down how many of the top nine seeds in each event made finals or placed and, with the pole vault and high jump, how many cleared opening height.
Be warned, however, that the qualification standards for state have been on a steady rise since the rankings system came into use here in Colorado. As a general rule, it gets a little tougher to make it to state every year. With that as a caveat, here's what it took to make it to state in 2012 for 2A boys:
100 Meters - 11.86 (8 of top 9 advance to finals)
200 Meters - 24.06 (7 of top 9 advance to finals)
400 Meters - 53.83 (7 of top 9 advance to finals)
800 Meters - 2:09.32 (7 of top 9 place)
1600 Meters - 4:53.14 (6 of top 9 place)
3200 Meters - 10:56.25 (7 of top 9 place)
110 Hurdles - 17.45 (9 of top 9 advance to finals)
300 Hurdles - 44.28 (8 of top 9 advance to finals)
4x100 Relay - 47.22 (6 of top 9 advance to finals)
4x200 Relay - 1:37.05 (8 of top 9 advance to finals)
4x400 Relay - 3:44.84 (7 of top 9 advance to finals)
4x800 Relay - 9:03.88 (8 of top 9 place)
Long Jump - 19-2.25 (6 of top 9 advance to finals)
Triple Jump - 39-11.5 (6 of top 9 advance to finals)
High Jump - 5-9.0 (12 clear opening height of 5-8)
Pole Vault - 9-10.0 (16 clear opening height of 10-0)
Shot Put - 41-2.0 (6 of top 9 advance to finals)
Discus - 126-8 (7 of top 9 advance to finals)
Start setting your goals and working toward them now!