Written by SportsDayDFW.com
Scoring change could be coming to Texas high school track and field
A rule change that would alter the scoring system for Texas high school track meets will be discussed and potentially voted upon when the UIL legislative council meets in June.
The proposal would change the number of participants who earn points in each event from six to eight. The top six finishers currently earn points, with first place earning 10 points, eight points for second, six for third, four for fourth, two for fifth and one for sixth. The proposed change would make the new scoring distribution 10-8-6-5-4-3-2-1.
The relay events would continue to earn double points.
"We just have not heard a lot of opposition to it in the discussions," UIL assistant athletic director Traci Neely said. "There are quite a few coaches supporting it, and since it's not a cost item, there isn't much opposition."
Neely said she plans to rescore last year's state meet with the proposed scoring system to see how it would affect the outcome. She'll present those findings when the legislative council meets on June 11.
"I don't think (the difference) will be as obvious at a state meet," Neely said, "because you don't have full teams. But the real difference would be at the area and regional meets."