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
# of Qualifiers
# of Qualifying Meets
# of At-Large Qualifiers
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
Four District Qualifiers
Two Sub-Sectional Qualifiers
- 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 8 finishers from north, top 8 finishers from south. 16 qualify for section final with two seeded heats.
- Section 4 - Prelims for sprint events where top 8 advance to finals. No prelims for Relays or Distance.