How To Qualify For The State Meet Based On Classification

TSSAA State Qualifying

Last year I got a crash course in all the different ways each classification and division run their qualification system. As you'll see, they differ quite a bit. Even within some divisions, you'll see variations from sectional to sectional. Last year we had only four classifications and this year we have five. Hopefully this will serve as a quick explainer for those who find themselves in new regions, sections, or classifications entirely as we enter qualifying season. 

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High Level Breakdown

Classification# of Qualifiers# of Qualifying Meets# of At-Large Qualifiers

DI AAA

1640

DI AA

832

DI A

832

DII AA

835

DII A

832


Division I Class AAA

The largest 84 public schools ranging from enrollment of approximately 1200 and up. 

  • Number of Qualifiers: 16
  • Qualifying Meets: 4
  • Type of Qualifier: Sectional
  • How to Qualify for State: Place Top 4 at a Sectional Championship, No At Large Qualifiers


Parent SectionFurther Breakdown

Section 1

None 

Section 2

Four District Qualifiers 

District 1

District 2

District 3

District 4

Section 3

Two Sub-Sectional Qualifiers

North Sub-Sectional

South Sub-Sectional

Section 4

None


  • Section 1 - Seeded finals. Any athlete that meets the qualifying standard may enter. 
  • Section 2 -  Top 4 finishers from each district advance to Sectionals. Section runs two heats of seeded finals. 
  • Section 3 - Top 3 finishers from north and south sub-sectionals advance plus next best two performances. One heat of finals at Section. 
  • Section 4 - Prelims for sprint events where top 8 advance to finals. No prelims for Relays or Distance.