Road to the Championships
There are 329 NCAA member institutions that sponsor Division I Women’s Track and Field teams and 278 NCAA member institutions that sponsor Division I Men’s Track & Field teams and are eligible to compete in the National Championship. All of the Division I programs support over 24,000 Track and Field student-athletes across the country.
For each individual event contested at each of the Preliminary Round sites, the top 48 declared student-athletes will be accepted into the competition. For each relay event, the top 24 declared relay teams will be accepted into the competition. Combined events (Heptathlon and Decathlon), are not contested at the Preliminary Round sites. For combined events (Heptathlon and Decathlon), the top 24 declared student-athletes in each event based on their position on the national descending-order list will be accepted directly into the Championships.
The individual event student-athletes and relay teams accepted into Preliminary Round competition will be announced and posted on NCAA.com the week prior to Preliminary Round competition.
Preliminary Round Competition | May 24-26, 2018
Qualifying to the Championships site is accomplished through performance in the Preliminary Round competition. Twelve competitors from each individual event and twelve teams from each relay event advance from each Preliminary Round site. The individual event student-athletes and relay teams accepted into Championships competition based on their performance at Preliminary Round competition will be announced and posted on NCAA.com the week prior to Championships competition.
|Preliminary||Dates||Venue / City||Host|
|East Preliminary||May 24-26||USF Track and Field Stadium / Tampa, Fla.||South Florida and Tampa Bay Sports Commission|
|West Preliminary||May 24-26||Hornet Stadium / Sacramento, Calif.||Sacramento State and Sacramento Sports Commission|
National Championships | June 6-9, 2018
The 2018 NCAA Division I Track and Field Championship will be held at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.