The track & field postseason process is arguably the most confusing of all high school sports. Hopefully this explanation will bring some clarity about advancement and qualification.
GEL Championship Meet
To advance past the league championship meet athletes must place in the TOP FOUR at the varsity level. Leagues may also bring one alternate per event. This means than any varsity finisher after six as well as any athlete competing in the Frosh/Soph division will not advance.
Overall winners of each event will determine the All-League Team Selection.
Division IV Championship Meet
The Division Meet lasts two days long. The first day, is called "Trials Day" and the last day is refered to as "Finals Day". For field events the final can be run on either day. For running events with multiple heats the top eight times qualify to the final. The WINNER OF EACH TRIAL HEAT automatically advances to the final as well.
The Division IV and Division V WINNERS along with the NEXT THREE BEST marks will qualify to the Masters Meet.
Division winners of each event will call themselves the Section Champion.
The Masters Meet is the State Meet Qualifying Meet. The Masters meet also has trials and finals for running events and finalists will be determined by the WINNER OF EACH HEAT and the next fastest times to get EIGHT. The only exception is the 800 which has twelve finalists.
The TOP THREE placers in each final will qualify to the State Meet. The fourth place qualifier is the section alternate.