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Track & Field Rules and Basics in 10 Minutes with SportSpectator

SportSpectator guide to track and field
What are the events in a track meet? What is the order of events? How does scoring work? What is the object of a cross country meet? The SportSpectator Track and Field Guide answers these questions and more! Below is the free online version of our printed educational brochure. Testimonial
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Fan's Guide to Track and Field Page 1 of 5 (History & Essentials)

Track & Field1- History & Essentials
2- Track
3- Field
4- Diagram of Track
5- Special Events and Cross Country


The first structured track and field meets took place in 776 BC in Greece, in what the ancient Greeks called the Olympic Games. The original competition was the pentathlon—long jump, javelin, discus, wrestling, and running. Modern track and field meets include running, hurdling, throwing, and jumping events.

The Essentials

Track and field is a team sport made up of many individual competitions. Athletes earn points for their team by finishing in a scoring place, ranging from three to eight places for individual scoring and one to eight places for relays, depending on the number of teams competing. The team with the most total points wins the meet. As its name indicates, track and field meets can be grouped into two general categories: track and field.


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