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General Competition Information

Event Check-In
There will be separate check-in areas for Running and Field events. Athletes must check in at these designated areas 45 minutes prior to the event's scheduled starting time. All athletes will be required to remain in the designated warm-up areas after check-in.

Warm-up Area
Two warm up areas will be available for athlete use.  Both locations are on both sides of the University parking garage.  Please look for signage to these two locations.  Parents/Coaches will not be allowed to access the final warm-up/check-in location.


The maximum spike lengths allowed for running and field events are listed below:
  • 1/4" Pyramid
  • Christmas tree spikes are not allowed

Meet management will provide batons for the relays and implements for the throwing events (shot, hammer, discus, javelin). Participants must use the implements provided for competition. Personal implements in the throwing events will not be allowed.

Pole Vault
Refer to USATF Rule 302.5(n). All competitors must provide their own vaulting poles. Competitors will be weighed and all poles will be inspected for manufacturers’ pole ratings and the maximum top hand hold position as determined by the manufacturer. The competitors’ weights must be at or below the manufacturers’ pole ratings. NO EXCEPTIONS. Poles will be impounded at the time of inspection and delivered to the competition site at time of warm-up for the event. Meet management will not be responsible for any pole that is shipped to or impounded at the meet without a hard protective case.

Weigh-in and pole inspection will take place at the Equipment Building at the north end of the track. (Gate 15) during the times shown below:

Date Times
Monday, July 23 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, July 24 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Thursday, July 26 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, July 27 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 28 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, July 29 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Shipping of Vaulting Poles
Athletes may ship vaulting poles directly to Morgan State University. Shipments should be scheduled to arrive on the campus between July 9 – 20, 2012.  Send shipments to:

Morgan State University
Attn: Larry Frazier
Hughes Stadium
1700 E. Cold Spring Lane
Baltimore, MD 21251

All return shipments must have a prepaid Return Call Tag/Bill of Lading attached to the shipping container for pickup up no later than Tuesday, July 31, 2012. It is the shipper’s responsibility to communicate the deadlines to their shipping vendor as well as the pickup address (same as delivery address) in advance of pickup.

Starting Heights
The starting heights for the high jump and the pole vault are listed in the chart below. Incremental increases shall be 5 cm in the High Jump and 15 cm in the Pole Vault.

High Jump
  Metric Imperial   Metric Imperial
BG 1.00 3' 3¼" BB 1.00 3' 3¼"
MG 1.20 3' 11¼" MB 1.20 3' 11¼"
YG 1.30 4' 3¼" YB 1.45 4' 9"
IG 1.35 4' 5" IB 1.60 5' 3"
YW 1.45 4' 9" YM 1.70 5' 7"

Pole Vault
  Metric Imperial   Metric Imperial
YG 1.85 6' 0¾" YB 2.30 7' 6½"
IG 2.10 6' 10¾" IB 3.25 10' 8"
YW 2.40 7' 10½" YM 3.80 12' 5½"

Protests relating to matters that developed during the conduct of the competition must be made to the Protest Referee at once and not later than 30 minutes after a result has been announced. This time period will be strictly enforced. There will be a $100 cash submission fee required to file a protest. This fee will be refunded only if the protest is upheld. Only violations of the 2012 USATF Rules of Competition may be protested. Judgment calls made by meet officials cannot be protested. Protests that do not meet the above criteria will not be accepted. Please note USATF Rule 119.4 when considering the use of video/photo footage for protests.

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