The week after the class 3, 4, 5 MSHSAA State championship there is a major all state meet the following weekend, The Great Southwest Track & Field Classic. The Great Southwest is a unique meet where over a dozen different states compete against one another in a state vs. state championship. Each state claims a team score. In the recent past, Missouri athletes have been well represented. The meet is at altitude and while the athletes are in peak shape. These two factors often lead to numerous personal bests! Enclosed below is a note with more information about the meet from state selector/coach Martise Scott.
Dear Parents, Guardians, and Athletes,
As we begin our 2017 Outdoor Track and Field season, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Martise Scott I am the State Coordinator for Team Missouri, "Great Southwest Track and Field Classic". We want to welcome all of our High School Student Athletes of the Ozark Association and inform them of this great opportunity. This is an opportunity to participate in the selection process for The Great Southwest Track and Field Classic. We want to make sure that like in years past, all of our Student Athletes are aware of this opportunity to participate in this high profile Post High School Track and Field meet, that attracts many of the Nation's best Track and Field Athletes.
Many of our Nation's top College Track Programs are always in attendance recruiting, extending college visits and offering scholarships. Major Division I and Division II Track programs are in attendance, but not limited to Division III, NAIA and NJCAA (Junior College). Many Missouri and Illinois Student-Athletes have been recruited and offered scholarships on the spot over the past fifteen years during our staff's involvement. If chosen, these athletes compete under "Team Missouri or Team Illinois", for the three-day period. Our Ozark Student Athletes will not jeopardize their eligibility of competing with their club teams for USATF or AAU. This is a USATF sanctioned event.
"This Great Southwest Track and Field Classic", will occur in Albuquerque New Mexico on June 1-3, 2017. This prestigious meet is now garnering International teams from Jamaica and over twenty-one teams from the United States, competing for bragging rights and collegiate exposure.
It's important that if you have athletes that are interested in being evaluated for potential funding its imperative that they contact myself or others listed on the website under team Missouri or Team Illinois. Attached is the link for further information.
Have a great season!
Great Southwest Track and Field Classic
State Coordinator for the State of Missouri