ncaa-d1 flag

NCAA.com | February 17, 2015

DI Cabinet approves outdoor track and field schedule change

The Division I Championships/Sports Management Cabinet approved a new schedule format for the 2015 and the 2016 Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track and Field Championships during a Feb. 10 teleconference.

The new format, endorsed unanimously by the cabinet, will allow one gender to compete on days one and three of the championships and the other gender to compete on days two and four.

The Division I Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee made the recommendation to the cabinet because it believes the schedule will improve the overall championships experience.

Committee members believe the change could result in improved media coverage of the championships by allowing each gender to have more defined stories to be told during the championships.

Committee members also believe the meet will be easier for fans to follow, and team scoring can be more easily highlighted when following one specific gender each day. Additionally, the national championship men’s and women’s teams will each have their moment of recognition because they will be crowned on separate days.

ESPN, which televises the championship, can potentially include an additional hour of coverage on its family of networks.

The committee also noted that the format provides a rest day for each gender, which could help track and field athletes perform at higher levels.

The U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association initially recommended the schedule change to the committee.

“Through collaborative efforts we now have a unique opportunity to enhance the championship experience for the student-athletes and fans as we continue to move the sport of track and field forward,” said Gina Sperry, the chair of the Men’s and Women’s Track and Field Committee and associate athletics director at the University of Rhode Island.

3-time Olympian Katie Ledecky joins Florida as volunteer swimming coach

Seven-time Olympic gold medalist Katie Ledecky has joined the Florida swimming and diving program as a volunteer swimming coach.
READ MORE

2021 NCAA fall championship selection schedule

The full schedule for 2021 NCAA fall championship selections.
READ MORE

Olympic medal tracker for NCAA student-athletes in Tokyo

We followed the more than 1,000 current, former and future NCAA student-athletes at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. Here are the medal winners.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners