Covering Track & Field

Tips for covering track & field meets

Plan coverage by using highlighters and stickies.

Originally published May 2014.

Let’s talk track and field coverage.

In many states, sectional and state meets are tacking place during the next few weekends, including here in Illinois, where high school girls compete for titles at EIU’s O’Brien Field – a short walk from the house.

Like high school football, a large track and field meet can be overwhelming for both new and experienced sportswriters. These meets have at least 16 events, which are multiplied by quarterfinal and semifinal heats. So where’s one to start? How can one keep track? By relying on research and organizational skills – listing local athletes and charting when they will compete, for starters. Continue reading