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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 window: November 14, 2009 - February 21, 2010

60m 6.75
    50m 5.76
    55m 6.23
400m 47.40
800m 1:50.20
    1000m 2:23.90
1500m 3:44.60
    Mile 4:01.20
3000m 8:03.00
    5000m 14:07.00
60m Hurdles 7.92
    50m Hurdles 6.86
    55m Hurdles 7.32
5000m Race Walk 22:00.00
    3000m Race Walk 12:45.00
High Jump 2.20 m
Pole Vault 5.50 m
Long Jump 7.54 m
Triple Jump 15.39 m
Shot Put 18.08 m
Weight Throw 19.81 m
60m 7.55
    50m 6.30
    55m 6.90
400m 55.00
800m 2:08.50
1500m 4:30.00
    Mile 4:47.50
3000m 9:27.00
    5000m 16:00.00
60m Hurdles 8.50
    50m Hurdles 7.00
    55m Hurdles 7.70
3000m Race Walk 14:40.00
     Mile Race Walk  7:30.0
High Jump 1.81 m
Pole Vault 4.25 m
Long Jump 6.10 m
Triple Jump 12.75 m
Shot Put 15.00 m
Weight Throw 19.00 m

Qualifying Guidelines

  1. All qualifying performances for running events must be made on indoor tracks. No allowances are provided for altitude or for indoor facilities of differing size, bank or other configuration.
  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 that prescribe to or exceed USATF rules of competition
    2. events at collegiate meets that prescribe to or exceed USATF rules of competition, or
    3. high school meets, except dual and triangular meets, that prescribe to or exceed NFHS rules of competition.
    4. meets or events that meet a minimum for competitiveness set by the Chair of the Sport Committee and determined to be valid by the USATF staff member responsible for verification.
  3. Indoor qualifying standards must be attained or or after the second Saturday in November of the calendar year prior to the Championship through the Sunday in the current calendar year just prior to the Championship.
  4. 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.
  5. 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, not already listed, are always the F.A.T. qualifying time without the last zero for men and the F.A.T qualifying time minus 0.14 for women. Manual times will be converted for seeding purposes using USATF Rule 76.
  6. Times submitted in hundredths of a second must be F.A.T. times.
  7. All performances are subject to verification.

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.

An athlete who has represented the USA in the immediate past IAAF Senior World Cross-Country Championships and who has not met the entry standard for the indoor championships may appeal to the Sport Chair to gain entry into the Championships. The athlete must Enter the meet and Declare their intent to complete


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