Best States For HS Track Relative to Size

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How good is YOUR state at track?

With the 2015 track season coming to an end, we put together some “end-of-the-year” lists to find out which states produced the best athletes overall, and relative to size.

Heading into this weekend we compiled the number of athletes from each state who are ranked in the top 100 in the U.S. (1600/3200 includes Mile/2 Mile conversions)

Note: Data compiled prior to Brooks PR and New Balance Nationals 


2015 BOYS TOTALS BY STATE

RNK STATE TOTAL 100 200 400 800 1600 3200 4x1 4x4 110H 300H
01 Texas 207 26 27 19 1 2 5 41 38 23 25
02 California 111 10 10 11 11 18 16 8 12 3 12
03 Florida 94 11 14 13 2 1 4 19 9 10 11
04 Georgia 58 6 8 8 4 0 2 12 4 9 5
05 Illinois 52 7 5 5 5 10 4 2 5 4 5
06 Ohio 43 5 4 4 3 3 3 1 4 8 8
07 Pennsylvania 34 1 1 1 7 6 9 1 5 0 3
08 New York 32 1 4 3 7 6 8 1 2 0 0
08 Virginia 32 2 2 2 6 5 2 2 1 5 5
10 North Carolina 27 6 2 3 4 1 3 1 0 2 5
11 Washington 26 2 1 1 5 5 8 0 0 2 2
12 Michigan 22 0 2 2 4 8 3 0 0 3 0
13 New Jersey 21 0 1 1 3 3 5 0 2 6 0
14 Indiana 19 1 0 2 2 1 1 4 4 2 2
15 Colorado 16 0 2 4 3 0 0 1 3 0 3
15 Louisiana 16 6 2 1 0 0 0 3 0 2 2
17 Maryland 14 2 2 2 1 2 0 2 1 1 1
17 Nevada 14 2 1 3 1 2 1 1 3 0 0
19 Minnesota 13 1 1 0 4 1 3 1 0 2 0
19 Missouri 13 0 1 2 1 4 0 0 0 1 4
21 Alabama 12 4 2 1 0 0 0 1 1 3 0
21 Wisconsin 12 0 1 4 2 1 2 0 1 0 1
23 Kentucky 11 0 3 1 2 4 1 0 0 0 0
23 Tennessee 11 0 0 0 6 2 0 0 2 1 0
25 Arizona 10 1 0 2 0 1 2 0 0 3 1
25 Utah 10 0 1 2 0 1 4 1 0 0 1
27 South Carolina 9 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 2 3 0
28 Iowa 8 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 1 2 0
28 Oklahoma 8 2 0 0 1 2 1 1 0 1 0
30 Idaho 7 0 0 0 2 3 2 0 0 0 0
30 Oregon 7 0 0 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 1
32 Rhode Island 5 1 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0
33 Connecticut 4 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
33 Massachusetts 4 0 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 0
33 Nebraska 4 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0
36 Delaware 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 1 0
36 Kansas 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2
36 South Dakota 3 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
36 Wyoming 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
40 Alaska 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
40 Arkansas 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
40 New Hampshire 2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0
40 Vermont 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1
44 Maine 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 New Mexico 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 Hawaii 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 Mississippi 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 Montana 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 North Dakota 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
46 West Virginia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
 

2015 GIRLS TOTALS BY STATE

RNK STATE TOTAL 100 200 400 800 1600 3200 4x1 4x4 100H 300H
01 California 180 16 15 21 20 18 25 18 17 14 16
02 Texas 152 13 16 9 10 7 8 35 27 12 15
03 Florida 90 17 17 10 4 0 0 7 8 16 11
04 Georgia 77 8 13 11 2 4 3 16 6 8 6
05 Pennsylvania 48 2 4 4 7 5 4 4 5 4 9
06 North Carolina 44 7 5 2 2 2 5 4 4 9 4
07 Virginia 42 3 3 4 5 4 4 2 4 6 7
08 Ohio 35 3 3 4 5 5 1 1 4 7 2
09 New York 33 1 4 6 6 1 1 1 7 6 0
10 Colorado 30 5 3 5 5 2 1 1 3 3 2
11 New Jersey 28 1 3 2 3 8 5 1 3 2 0
12 Missouri 24 2 3 0 1 3 4 2 3 2 4
13 Washington 22 0 0 2 3 7 4 0 2 2 2
14 Michigan 21 1 0 2 4 6 5 0 1 1 1
15 Illinois 18 0 0 3 1 2 3 3 0 0 6
16 Arizona 14 1 0 1 2 2 4 2 0 0 2
16 Indiana 14 4 1 1 0 1 2 2 1 1 1
18 Maryland 12 0 4 2 0 0 1 1 3 1 0
18 Minnesota 12 0 0 1 2 2 1 0 1 0 5
20 Louisiana 10 4 2 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 0
20 Utah 10 1 0 1 0 3 3 0 0 1 1
22 South Carolina 9 2 0 2 1 0 0 0 2 2 0
23 Montana 8 0 0 0 3 3 2 0 0 0 0
23 Tennessee 8 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 2
25 Alabama 7 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1
25 Iowa 7 1 0 1 4 1 0 0 0 0 0
27 Alaska 5 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
27 Connecticut 5 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 0 1
27 Kentucky 5 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
27 Massachusetts 5 0 0 0 2 2 1 0 0 0 0
27 New Hampshire 5 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1
27 Oregon 5 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0
27 Rhode Island 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0
27 Wisconsin 5 0 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 0 0
35 Nebraska 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1
35 Nevada 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
35 North Dakota 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
38 Delaware 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 Maine 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
38 Mississippi 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1
41 Idaho 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
41 Kansas 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
41 South Dakota 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 Arkansas 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 Hawaii 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 New Mexico 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 Oklahoma 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 Vermont 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 West Virginia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
44 Wyoming 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

2015 BOYS & GIRLS TOTALS BY STATE

RNK STATE TOTAL
01 Texas 359
02 California 291
03 Florida 184
04 Georgia 135
05 Pennsylvania 82
06 Ohio 78
07 Virginia 74
08 North Carolina 71
09 Illinois 70
10 New York 65
11 New Jersey 49
12 Washington 48
13 Colorado 46
14 Michigan 43
15 Missouri 37
16 Indiana 33
17 Louisiana 26
17 Maryland 26
19 Minnesota 25
20 Arizona 24
21 Utah 20
22 Alabama 19
22 Tennessee 19
24 South Carolina 18
25 Nevada 17
25 Wisconsin 17
27 Kentucky 16
28 Iowa 15
29 Oregon 12
30 Rhode Island 10
31 Connecticut 9
31 Massachusetts 9
33 Idaho 8
33 Montana 8
33 Oklahoma 8
36 Alaska 7
36 Nebraska 7
36 New Hampshire 7
39 Delaware 5
40 Kansas 4
40 South Dakota 4
42 Maine 3
42 North Dakota 3
42 Wyoming 3
45 Arkansas 2
45 Mississippi 2
45 Vermont 2
48 New Mexico 1
49 Hawaii 0
49 West Virginia 0

As expected, the states with the larger populations tend to have more athletes ranked in the U.S. top 100, thus it's important to also take into consideration state popualtions as well.
 

KARSTEN'S NUMBER

The chart below ranks the states relative to their size. “Karsten’s Number” shows whether or not the state performed up to it’s potential in size. The higher the number, the higher the ranking.

For example, Indiana has a score of 0.8. Indiana makes up 2.03% of the high school population, yet only accounts for 1.63% of the total athletes represented in top 100 (across all events). 1.63 / 2.03 = 0.8

Another way to interpret the number is this: "Based on the number of it's ranked athletes compared to the size of the state, Georgia is performing at the size of a state 1.89 times greater than itself."


RNK

STATE
KARSTEN'S NUMBER TOP 100 TOTALS % TOTAL TOP 100s HIGH SCHOOL POPULATION % TOTAL H.S.
1 Georgia 1.90 135 6.68% 1,335,570 3.52%
2 Texas 1.78 359 17.76% 3,794,070 10.00%
3 Rhode Island 1.71 10 0.49% 109,860 0.29%
4 Florida 1.57 184 9.10% 2,202,340 5.81%
5 Montana 1.52 8 0.40% 97,669 0.26%
6 Virginia 1.44 74 3.66% 961,237 2.54%
7 Alaska 1.33 7 0.35% 99,489 0.26%
8 Colorado 1.29 46 2.28% 664,442 1.76%
9 California 1.20 291 14.40% 4,536,880 11.98%
10 Washington 1.18 48 2.38% 765,322 2.02%
11 Pennsylvania 1.14 82 4.06% 1,346,260 3.55%
12 North Carolina 1.14 71 3.51% 1,170,440 3.09%
13 Ohio 1.10 78 3.86% 1,329,770 3.51%
14 Missouri 1.00 37 1.83% 695,529 1.83%
15 Nevada 0.96 17 0.84% 333,610 0.88%
16 New Hampshire 0.94 7 0.35% 141,775 0.37%
17 Utah 0.92 20 0.99% 410,229 1.08%
18 New Jersey 0.86 49 2.42% 1,068,100 2.82%
19 Delaware 0.85 5 0.25% 109,581 0.29%
20 North Dakota 0.82 3 0.15% 70,910 0.18%
21 Illinois 0.82 70 3.46% 1,604,820 4.22%
22 Indiana 0.80 33 1.63% 770,658 2.03%
23 Louisiana 0.80 26 1.29% 609,124 1.61%
24 Iowa 0.77 15 0.74% 367,821 0.97%
25 South Dakota 0.76 4 0.20% 100,038 0.26%
26 Minnesota 0.74 25 1.24% 633,983 1.67%
27 Idaho 0.73 8 0.40% 203,796 0.54%
28 Michigan 0.73 43 2.13% 1,105,430 2.92%
29 Maryland 0.69 26 1.29% 709,592 1.87%
30 Alabama 0.60 19 0.94% 592,192 1.56%
31 South Carolina 0.59 18 0.89% 575,261 1.52%
32 Vermont 0.58 2 0.10% 62,816 0.17%
33 Nebraska 0.58 7 0.35% 226,063 0.60%
34 Arizona 0.57 24 1.19% 784,551 2.07%
35 Wyoming 0.57 3 0.15% 62,326 0.26%
36 Kentucky 0.56 16 0.79% 534,627 1.41%
37 New York 0.55 65 3.22% 2,208,300 5.84%
38 Oregon 0.53 12 0.59% 420,259 1.11%
39 Wisconsin 0.45 17 0.84% 704,192 1.86%
40 Tennessee 0.45 19 0.94% 791,860 2.09%
41 Maine 0.42 3 0.15% 132,231 0.35%
42 Connecticut 0.42 9 0.45% 408,099 1.07%
43 Oklahoma 0.30 8 0.40% 500,150 1.32%
44 Massachusetts 0.23 9 0.45% 738,188 1.95%
45 Kansas 0.21 4 0.20% 350,856 0.93%
46 Arkansas 0.11 2 0.10% 338,099 0.89%
47 Mississippi 0.10 2 0.10% 388,123 1.02%
48 New Mexico 0.08 1 0.05% 236,095 0.62%
49 Hawaii 0.00 0 0.00% 158,182 0.42%
50 West Virginia 0.00 0 0.00% 218,189 0.58%

*State population numbers are courtesy of high-schools.com
 
Based on the information only 13 states meet or exceed their expections (Karsten's Number > 1) with Georgia officially being the most successful track state in 2015!

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