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Qualifying Standards

Events in bold will be contested at the Championships.  Events listed directly below those being contested may be used as alternates for qualifying.  See Qualifying Guidelines below for full details.

Qualifying
windows:
May 1, 2005 - June 18, 2006 (outdoor competitions)
November 19, 2005 - June 18, 2006 (indoor competitions)
March 1, 2005 - June 18, 2006 (combined events)

Men
"A" "B" Field
Size
1
100m 10.27 10.36 32
200m 20.70 20.85 32
400m 46.00 46.25 32
800m 1:48.00 1:48.45 24
1500m 3:41.50 3:42.10 24
    Mile 3:59.00 3:59.50
5000m 13:50.00 13:52.00 18
10,000m 28:40.00 29:01.30 18
110m Hurdles 13.79 13.89 32
400m Hurdles 50.60 50.75 24
3000m Steeplechase 8:44.30 8:45.70 26
20 km Race Walk 1:36:00.00 -- 18
High Jump 2.31 m 2.20 m 18
Pole Vault 5.70 m 5.50 m 18
Long Jump 8.00 m 7.75 m 18
Triple Jump 16.35 m 15.90 m 18
Shot Put 19.20 m 18.59 m 18
Discus Throw 61.00 m 58.80 m 18
Hammer Throw 66.60 m 64.62 m 18
Javelin Throw 71.00 m 70.00 m 18
Decathlon 7850 pts. 7600 pts. 20
Women
"A" "B" Field
Size
1
100m 11.42 11.48 32
200m 23.30 23.40 32
400m 52.50 52.70 32
800m 2:05.00 2:05.50 24
1500m 4:15.50 4:16.50 24
    Mile 4:36.00 4:37.00
5000m 15:50.00 15:56.00 18
10,000m 33:50.00 34:00.00 18
100m Hurdles 13.20 13.25 32
400m Hurdles 57.75 57.95 24
3000m Steeplechase 10:13.00 10:18.00 24
20 km Race Walk 1:48:00.00 1:50:00.00 18
High Jump 1.83 m 1.82 m 18
Pole Vault 4.27 m 4.20 m 18
Long Jump 6.40 m 6.30 m 18
Triple Jump 13.20 m 13.00 m 18
Shot Put 16.20 m 16.00 m 18
Discus Throw 55.00 m 54.50 m 18
Hammer Throw 62.00 m 61.00 m 18
Javelin Throw 49.00 m 47.00 m 18
Heptathlon 5500 pts. 5450 pts. 20

1 - Field sizes are approximate

"A" and "B" Standards

"A" - athletes who attain the "A" standard will automatically be included in the event.

Those who have submitted entries and have attained the "B" standard will be allowed to declare, but will be notified if allowed to compete in order to fill an event for competitiveness. For notification purposes, a current phone number must be provided during the declaration process.

Qualifying Guidelines

  1. All qualifying performances for running events must be made on a standard indoor or a 400m outdoor track.
  2. Qualifying marks must be made in accordance with USATF Rule 149 and verifiable in one of the following:
    1. USATF- or IAAF-sanctioned events
    2. events at collegiate meets which prescribe to or exceed USATF competition rules
    3. high school meets, except dual and triangular meets
  3. Fully automatic timing (F.A.T.) is the only method of timing acceptable for qualifying marks for events equal to or shorter than 400 meters.
  4. A manual time may be used for qualifying for events of 800 meters and longer only if no F.A.T. qualifying time exists for the race during the qualifying period. A manual time may not supersede any F.A.T. qualifying time for an event. Qualifying manual times, for eligible events, are the F.A.T. qualifying time without the last zero. The seed time for a submitted manual time will be in accordance with USATF Rule 76.
  5. Times submitted in hundredths of a second must be F.A.T. times.
  6. For race walk events, road race times are acceptable.
  7. An entered athlete attaining a qualifying mark within one-tenth percent (0.1%) of the standard for a running event, 3 cm below the standard for the discus, javelin, or hammer, 2 cm below the standard for the shot put, or 1 cm below the standard for other field events may declare their desire to compete during the normal declaration period. Athletes within this allowance may be accepted into the competition by the Sport Committee Chair when positions are available in existing heats or sections in running events or when the number of competitors in a field event is fewer than the stated field size.
  8. The Sport Committee Chair will adjust the standards, where necessary, 45 days prior to the competition, based on received entries at that time. Therefore, early submission of an entry close to the standard is advised.
  9. All performances are subject to verification.

Automatic Qualification

USATF Rule 10.3(b) regarding Automatic Qualification will be used:

  1. Any athlete who has, in the current year or during the four previous calendar years, earned an individual medal in track and field in an Olympic Games or in an IAAF World Indoor or Outdoor Championships, or in the previous year won an individual USA Open Outdoor Championship event shall be afforded automatic qualification into all USA Open Indoor and Outdoor Track & Field Championships and Olympic Trials in the same event in which the athlete has won the medal or championship. For this purpose, the indoor 60m, 60m hurdles, mile and 3000m distances are interchangeable with the outdoor 100m, 100m hurdles, 110m hurdles, 1500m and 5000m, respectively.
  2. Any athlete who has, in the current year or during the four previous calendar years in a race walking event (1) earned an individual medal in an Olympic Games or in an IAAF World Indoor or Outdoor Championships, (2) won an individual Championships at the USA Open Indoor or Outdoor Track Championships (3) won a USA Championships in the 50-kilometer Walk, or (4) won a USA Olympic Trials shall be afforded automatic qualification into all USA Open Indoor and Outdoor Championships and Olympic Trials in a race walking event of his or her choice.
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