Pearson's Distance Project
Who Qualifies?


Everyone Qualifies and is encouraged to participate! Junior Olympic Track & Field and Cross Country competitions take place in two-year age divisions. These age divisions provide young athletes the opportunity to compete with other athletes of similar ability. The age divisions for competition year 2010 are as follows:

Age Division: Determined by year of birth ONLY.

Bantam: 2000+
Midget: 1998-1999
Youth: 1996-1997
Intermediate: 1994-1995
Young: 1992-1993


USATF Summary. (Copied from USATF Website)

With roots tracing back to Ancient Greece, track & field is the centerpiece of the Olympic Games. From the 100 meter dash to the discus throw, athletes set new standards for excellence in sport. USATF's Junior Olympic Track & Field program is a wellspring of this excellence.

America's next generation of track & field stars compete throughout the summer--and over 6,000 of these athletes qualify for the USATF National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships held during the last week of July. Entry for the national championship is based on an athlete's performances at preliminary, Association, and Regional levels.

Cross country dates back to the turn of the 20th century as an Olympic sport when it was contested as a team and individual event at the 1904, 1912, 1920 and 1924 Summer Games. The Olympic spirit is still alive in the sport today as thousands of youth athletes compete throughout the fall in USATF's Junior Olympic Cross Country program.

The Junior Olympic Cross Country program culminates each December when more than 3,000 youth cross country runners hit the course to compete in the USATF National Junior Olympic Cross Country Championships. Entry for the national championship is based on athlete performances at preliminary, Association, and Regional levels.