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What is MITS?
MITS is a group of volunteers whose main purpose is to host an Indoor State Championship for track and field and to promote the sport here in Michigan. It is for unnatached Individuals and Track Clubs so please remember that you may not compete in high school issued uniforms, use school transportation, pay with school issued checks, and high school coaches may not transport or work with more than four (4) athletes at a time. Please adhere to these rules or risk MHSAA sanctions to your school.
Who can compete at MITS events?
Technically, anyone can compete. However, we strive to keep these meets for high school and middle school aged athletes. ONLY high school and middle school aged athletes can compete at the state meet. Also, out of state and out of country athletes can compete at the MITS qualifying events, however, only Michigan residents can compete at the State meet.
How do I compete at a MITS event?
Each venue is a little different. For most, you just show up at the venue, pay the entry fee at the door, and you can compete in up to four (4) events. Keep in mind that each venue may have different rules and regulations. Please adhere to all guidelines set by the venue. For Aquinas and SVSU YOU MUST PRE-REGISTER in order to compete. You can click on the meet to get more info.
Do I have to belong to a club to compete?
Aboslutely not. In fact, most venues will consider all competitors "unnattached" while some will list any club you are affialiated with in the results. However, MITS does not have any affiliation with any club. So please do not contact us asking which club you should join. You may want to inquire on the mlive message boards or talk to people at an indoor meet to get advice on clubs.
Are spikes allowed at MITS meets?
Most venues allow you to wear spikes. However, Albion and Macomb do not. You may wear your shoes without the spikes in them.
How do I compete at the State Meet?
You have to qualify first. You can qualify for the State Meet by hitting the standard at ANY of the MITS meets listed on the MITS website. There are many events throughout the winter all over the state. You may ONLY qualify at a MITS meet. Competing out of state or at a meet that is not listed on the MITS website will not qualify you for the state meet.
How do you come up with the qualifying standards?
We use previous results to come up with acceptable qualifying standards. On occasion we may need to relax the standards for certain events to ensure we have a complete field of competitors at the State Meet. However, we will never make the standard more difficult once it has been set. The only way to ensure qualifying is to hit the standard we originally post.
Once I qualify, what do I have to do?
Once you hit the qualifying standard your name will show up on the list of qualifiers. Once it does, go to the website and register via Head Count. We will also be taking registrations in person at some of the last meets (to be announced towards the end of the season).
How many events can I run at the state meet?
You can only compete in one (1) individual running event. However you may compete on as many relays as you qualify for and as many field events as you qualify for in addition to the 1 individual running event up to four (4) total events.
Do I need a uniform?
You can run in whatever you like but NOT SCHOOL ISSUED UNIFORMS. Some venues and the State Meet require that relay teams have matching tops. White t-shirts are not acceptable matching tops. It is highly recommended that you do not compete in a uniform that could be mistaken for a school uniform. You could jeopardize your eligibility.
What if my club qualifies multiple relay teams in the same event?
Due to online registrations your club may enter more than 1 relay team per club name. For example, Pulaski Track Club may have more than one 4x200 team entered at the state meet but you must enter a name for EVERY leg when you register. While we understand that there may be instances where an alternate needs to fill in, we are asking that you not recruit people for relays the day of the meet. We rely on the integrity of the coaches.
Why is my name (or performance) wrong on the list?
MITS publishes the information we get from the venues. Each venue hosts the meet and compiles the results in a way that works best for them. We are at the mercy of their accuracy. If there is a discrepancy with your performance, contact us and we will do our best to fix it.