Track and field, called athletics by the British, has been a part of the Olympics since the ancient Games. Records of track & field victors from events such as the “stadium race” date back to 776 BC.

Track & Field at the Olympics

Track and field, called athletics by the British, has been a part of the Olympics since the ancient Games. Records of track and field victors from events such as the “stadium race” date back to 776 BC. Track and field events have been a part of the modern Olympics since 1896. Women’s events were added at the 1928 Amsterdam Games.

MSU Women's Relay Team

In the 2012 London Games events are scheduled to run August 3-12, with a total of 48 gold medals at stake. Men and women compete in the following events:

Men: 10000 meter; 100 meter; 110 meter hurdles; 1500 meter; 200 meter; 20 kilometer race walk; 3000 meter steeplechase; 400 meter; 400 meter hurdles; 4 x 100 meter relay; 4 x 400 meter relay; 5000 meter; 50 kilometer race walk; 800 meter; decathlon; discus throw; hammer throw; high jump; javelin throw; long jump; marathon; pole vault; shot put; and triple jump.

Women: 10000 meter; 100 meter; 100 meter hurdles; 1500 meter; 200 meter; 20 kilometer race walk; 3000 meter steeplechase; 400 meter; 400 meter hurdles; 4 x 100 meter relay; 4 x 400 meter relay; 5000 meter; 800 meter; discus throw; hammer throw; heptathlon; high jump; javelin throw; long jump; marathon; pole vault; shot put; and triple jump.

Track & Field at Michigan State

The NCAA recognizes indoor track & field, outdoor track & field, and cross country running as competitive collegiate sports. MSU has both a men’s track team, a women’s track team and a cross country running team. Two of our women’s team members competed in the 2012 Olympic Trials. Indoor training facilities and locker rooms are located in Jenison Field House, and the outdoor events are held at Ralph Young Field (next to Spartan Stadium). You can make a gift in support of our teams at the MSU Giving website.

Here are some Beneath the Pines photos of our track & field facilities:

Ralph Young Field
Men's Track & Field Locker Room

Photo Credits: Relay Team. All other photos taken by Katie Kelly, Communications Manager, University Scholarships & Fellowships.

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