Boys Season Rankings by Marks


The old timers love to talk about the heydays of track & field while the new kids think they are better.
Turns out it’s a tie.
Looking at each season and seeing how many outstanding marks* each year produced shows that 1978 and last year (2019) both produced an incredible 45 marks those seasons, with 1973 just one behind.
* Qualifying marks are roughly what it takes to make the All-Time Top 50, actual marks listed near the bottom of the page.
Greater explanation of these rankings
Girls Season Rankings by Marks

Correction 1978 Rules
After I posted this I found in 1978 that I had missed a mark.
Discus 162-3 Steve Jones, Calistoga, NCS 1A Champion, 3rd NCS
Sorry 2019 That gives 1978 46 marks now.

The 70’s was also the strongest decade of the last five.

Decade    Average, low-high
2010-2019 30.2, 15-45
2000-2009 19.7, 12-34
1990-1999 20.4, 13-29
1980-1989 26.7, 16-36
1970-1979 36.4, 26-46

Complete stats
As of 4/5/2020, going back to 1969.
Bolded years are best for that decade.

Year    Marks   Best events for those years
1978 	46      HJ 7, 330LH 6
2019	45      100 6, 1600 & 400 5
1973	44      180LH 6, TJ 120HH & 100 4
1979	40      3200 & HJ 5
1977	39      SP HJ & 330LH 6
2013	39      100 6, 800 & 400 4
2010	37
1974	36
1975	36
1981	36
1976	35
2012	35
2009	34
1980	33
2014	33
1972	32
1984	32

1986	31
1970	30, no TJ to contest
2018	30
1982	29
1997	29
1971	26
1989	25
1995	25
2002	25
1988	24
2011	24
2015	24
1983	23
1992	23
2003	23
1991	21
1996	21
2008	21
1999	20
2017	20
1985	18
1990	18
2004	18
2005	18
1993	17
1994	17
2007	17
1987	16

2006	15
2016	15
2001	14
1998	13
1969	12, no TJ to contest
2000	12
2020     7, COVID ending season

Event standard
These marks are roughly what it takes to make the All-Time top 50
        FAT   Hand Yards
100	11.14 10.9 9.9y
200	22.34 22.1 22.2y 
400	50.14 49.9 50.2y
800	1:57.24 1:57.0 1:57.8y
1600	4:22.00 4:21.7 4:23.3y
3200	9:35.00 9:34.9 9:38.1y
110HH	15.19 14.9 14.9y
300IH	40.59 40.3, 40.0-330LH, 39.8-300LH, 20.5 180LH
400R	43.84 43.6 43.8y
1600R	3:26.34 3:26.1 3:27.3y
HJ	6' 4"
PV	13' 6"
LJ	22'
TJ	44' 3"
SP	52'
DT	159'

Events changed from yards to metrics in 1981.
Long hurdles changed from 180yd Low Hurdles to 330yd Low Hurdles in 1975.
330yd Low Hurdles to 300m Low Hurdles in 1981.
300m Low Hurdles to 300m Intermediates in 1984.
Triple Jump was not an event until 1971.

1978 not only had a lot of good athletes but also produced a number of coaches.

Jim Flores, Went to Piner and now coaches there
330y Low Hurdles 38.0 = roughly 38.54 300IH
LJ 22-11½
200 22.91 22.8y

Greg Fogg, Went to Piner and Rancho Cotate, now coaches at Maria Carrillo
Mile 4:26.5
2 Mile 10:02.8

Matt Malvino, Went to Montgomery and later coached there
880 2:03.5
Mile Relay 3:28.4

Jim Crowhurst, Went to Montgomery and later coached there
PV 13-6
TJ 40-0 3/4