How To Qualify For TMSAA State Track And Field Championship

Mt. Juliet's Aubrey Page finished last season with an 11th place finish in the Section 3 Championship in the 400m. On a Saturday, she won the Siegel opens for the second week in a row with a state leading time of 63.14.

TMSAA Qualifying

As middle school participation in Cross Country and Track and Field continues to grow, MileSplit Tennessee is making a concerted effort to bring more visibility and offerings to these athletes before they reach high school level competitions and before we get too far into this spring's scholastic season, let's examine how one qualifies for the State Championship in May (official dates TBD). 

TMSAA Track Alignments

The generic breakdown of the sections are as follows:

  • Section 1: East of Knoxville
  • Section 2: Knoxville and Chattanooga
  • Section 3: Middle Tennessee 
  • Section 4: Jackson and Memphis

Official TMSAA Track Events

  • Individual Running: 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 1600m, 100H (Girls), 110H (Boys)
  • Individual Field: Long Jump, High Jump, Shot Put, Discus
  • Team Relays: 4x100, 4x200, 4x400

Qualifying Breakdown

  • There are two classifications. Class A (Smaller Schools) Class AA (Larger Schools). Each classification takes 16 athletes and relays to the state championship.
  • Each Class is broken into four sections. You must place top 4 in an individual event or relay at a section meet you advance to the state meet. 
  • Section 3 is the only Section with Areas. Section 3 for Class A has three Areas while Class AA has four Areas. If you place top four at an Area meet, you advance to the Section meet. Class A Section 3 will have 12 athletes compete while Class AA Section 3 will have 16. 

Middle School Rankings Filters

If you want to monitor how you stand throughout the season, we have filters for each of these breakdowns available but I should preface this by saying, they aren't going to be perfect. Though we are sent results from every high school meet in Tennessee, the rate at which we receive results for Middle School are much lower. Some areas consistently submit while others never submit or keep official time. Nevertheless, here is a quick tutorial on how to utilize our rankings system for your convenience. 

If you notice any discrepancies while using these please reach out on our socials or email