I went to my first indoor track & field meet in 1974. As a sophomore, I joined the upper classman from Desmet to watch them run the mile, 880 and 4 x 880 relay. The meet was run on the hardwood floor of an Armory in the St. Louis area. What mesmerized me was the team from East St. Louis that ran, and won the mile relay in high top Chuck Taylors, sliding around the turns and flying on the short straights. The crowd was small but loud, and I was hooked-this was so cool.
New York Represents 18% of High School Indoor Track Participation in the United States
MADISON – American Track and Field magazine would like to honor New York for ranking first among all states in 2013 indoor track participation with 24,763 participants for both boys and girls.
According to the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) records, 135,789 high school athletes competed for their schools during the 2013 indoor season. New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts, Virginia and Maryland represented 65% of the country’s participants. The top 10 in its entirety is as follows:
- New York – 24,763 (18%)
- New Jersey – 21,486 (16%)
- Massachusetts – 18,751(14%)
- Virginia – 12,586 (9%)
- Maryland – 10,185 (8%)
* Percentage in parenthesis indicates rounded percentage of total United States participants that the respective state represents.
“Indoor track & field offers many young athletes their first taste of high school athletics. We applaud the support of the coaches, officials, and event staffs who have revitalized indoor track & field,” said Larry Eder, AT&F publisher.
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2013 Indoor Track Participation Figures
Stats compiled by Kevin Mangan, AT&F intern. Special thanks to Breanne Ward, AT&F publicist.