Track & Field


June 6, 2107 - June 11, 2017


Samford University Track & Soccer Stadium Parking 
600 University Park Place, Birmingham, AL 35209


Track Events: 50, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1500 Meter, 4 x 100 Relay
Field Events: Discus, Hammer Throw, High Jump, Javelin, Long Jump, Pole Vault, Shot Put, Triple Jump


Participant Lists: Men - Please Click Here   Women - Please Click Here

Practice Information:

June 6: 9am - 3pm (All Ages M/W)

Spike Information: Spikes cannot exceed ¼ inch

Starting Blocks: Starting blocks will be provided for competition

Headphones: Headphones & electronic devices will not be allowed at the Games for use during competition or in designated warm-up areas for any reason (please see USATF Competition Rule # 159)

Track Information: 

  • 9 Lane Track Used for Competition
  • Track Details: Synthetic Turf Surface with Mondo Finish

Competition Format:

Running Event Format & Information:

  1. P = Preliminary in as many heats as required, F = Final (8 for laned races, 12 for 800m, 16 for 1500m)
  2. Advancement from any round will be the First Place in each heat, plus the next fastest times to fill the next round's heat(s)
  3. General Order for each event is Women, oldest to youngest, then Men, oldest to youngest
  4. In the Timed Final races, the higher seeded competitors will run in final heat

Field Event Format & Information:

  1. In LJ and TJ, if there are 16 or less competitors, there will be 3 preliminary jumps followed by 3 final jumps, by the top 8
  2. If there is more than one flight, preliminary flights with 3 Jumps will be held sequentially with approximately 12 competitors in each
  3. Then there will immediately be a 3 jump final by the top 8 competitors from all of the preliminary flights
  4. The top seeded competitors will be in the final preliminary flight
  5. All jumps, preliminary and final, count in the final placing

Transportation Shuttle: Complimentary Shuttle Offered to Venue from Downtown (See Shuttle Schedule Below)


1. The Local Organizing Committee shall provide certified implements for all events and age groups. In addition, athletes shall be permitted to use their own implements, provided they have been certified by the Track & Field Committee. Athletes who wish to use their own implements shall agree to all certification procedures including but not limited to marking, impounding, etc. Athletes must provide their own vaulting poles.

2. Shoes must comply with USATF Rule 143, 3(a)-(f).

3. Registration for the relay event will take place at the track venue. Age division of relay teams will be based on the age of the youngest team member as of December 31, 2017.


1. All first-, second-, third- and fourth-place winners or athletes meeting this sport’s NSGA minimum performance standards in competition at a 2016 NSGA qualifying games will qualify for the 2017 National Senior Games. 

2. All athletes who compete in hammer throw at a 2016 NSGA qualifying games will qualify for the 2017 National Senior Games.

3. Athletes who reside in a state that does not offer the hammer throw, or pole vault may qualify for those events by meeting the “limited” event qualifying criteria in Rule D.

4. Athletes that qualify for and compete in the 50-, 100-, 200-, 400- or 800-meter events at the 2017 National Senior Games will be eligible to compete in the 4x100-meter relay. Athletes cannot qualify to compete in the relay event except in this manner.



1. For field events, if there are more than 12 athletes in any age division, a qualifying round may be held.

2. For track events, the number of heats will be determined based on the number of entries.

3.The 1500-meters will be a timed final event.

4. Awards will be presented for 1st through 8th place for each event within each age division.


Awards will be presented for 1st through 8th place for each style within each age division. All medals and ribbons MUST be collected during the Games. The NSGA will not mail MEDALS or RIBBONS after the Games.

Track & Field

Samford University

Construction of the state-of-the-art facility began in August 2010 and was finished during the summer 2011. The stadium includes locker rooms, concession area, ticket office and a high-tech press box. The venue includes a nine-lane track with a regulation soccer field inside the track.  Multiple field event areas are located within the track along with the hammer cage next to the track complex.


2017 Track & Field Schedule

Gives a Brief Overview of the Track & Field Competition Schedule
Version : February 28, 2017 


2017 Printable Age Specific Schedule

Printable competition schedule for the 2017 National Senior Games in Birmingham, AL. The time of events will not be available until after registration closes. Actual Days of Competition may vary, depends on number of registered athletes in each event. Subject to Change
Version : April 21, 2017 

2017 Competition Start & End Times

Document that lists the start and approximate end times for each competition.
Version : March 24, 2017 

2017 Sport Practice Times Schedule

Document that lists the practice times for each competition.
Version : April 21, 2017 

2017 Official Sports Rules Book

The qualifying procedures and rules of competition for the 2017 National Senior Games are based upon those set forth by the recognized national governing body for each sport. For the National Senior Games, however, some sport rules have been modified and/or revised in the best interest of the competitors. It is your responsibility to review the new rules in the shaded areas and refresh your knowledge on the existing rules.
Version : March 1, 2017 

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