Best Colleges for Track and Field

December 14, 2011
by Justin

You are back on ScoutMe’s track and field, known simply as The Fast Track with the @HempsteadHuddle. The Fast Track is a high-level NCAA track and field blog for high school athletes. Think of this blog as an extension of your future NCAA track coach, while you’re in the offseason. The Fast Track’s first volume was all about speed training, while the second week was all about training for college track and field events like the 100-meter dash, the long jump, and the 400-meter hurdles. In week three, The Fast Track went back to the fundamentals that most coaches in high school look over, but every NCAA track coach stresses. This week we’ll examine the ins and outs of the best colleges for track and field in two divisions.


The Best Colleges for Track and Field Division I: Texas A&M

When it comes to the best colleges for track and field, no matter what division, Texas is a fertile ground for the best athletes in the world. Specifically, the Southern region of the US, is home to the last 20 track and field national championships, with schools like LSU, Arkansas and Florida State winning team titles multiple times. The Aggies have several alumni who are Olympians on the national track and field teams. Their coach is Pat Henry, who is in his eighth season as the track and field head coach. Henry has led the Texas A&M track and field program to three consecutive men’s and women’s NCAA Championships, and has a strong chance of being the best track dynasty in track since Arkansas in the 1990’s. During his tenure at Texas A&M, the Aggies have won six track and field, NCAA Championships; aside from the team titles, Henry has been over 33 individual track and field champions. Henry also won two championships on the NJCAA level, while coaching at Blinn College. If you are interested in becoming a track and field athlete, fill out this questionnaire.


The Best Colleges for Track and Field Division II: St. Augustine’s College

St. Augustine’s College of North Carolina is one of the best colleges for track and field period. When is comes to Division II colleges for track and field, St. Augustine’s is arguably one of the best colleges for track and field, thanks to Athletic Director/Head Coach, George Williams. George Williams is responsible for building the foundation for one of the greatest dynasties in track and field and cross-country. Since Williams began coaching at Saint Augustine’s College in 1976, his track and field programs have won an astounding 31 track and field national championships, including the 2010 NCAA Division II men’s outdoor track and field title. Williams latest exploit was winning the national championship in 2010, which was amazing taking into account that the Falcons practiced without a track on campus. The track and field was cleared at the time to make room for the future site of the George Williams Athletic Complex, named in honor of their legendary coach. Williams has coached 32 Olympians, including three track and field gold medalists. He has been the recipient of more than 100 track and field, coach of the year honors. These honors include the 2010 Division II national outdoor men’s coach of the year award by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. If you are interested in the track and field program at St. Augustine’s, fill out this questionnaire.


The spring will be here before you know it, so if you want to reap the benefits of hard work, the time is now. Until you get your next track and field gold medal, I’ll be here on the Fast Track. This is Yorick Hempstead, signing off.


Yorick Hempstead is an ex-college athlete who is a sports blogger for ScoutMe. He is always talking sports on twitter @HempsteadHuddle.

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