Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts


Human Performance and Health Education

First Advisor

Dr. Mary L. Dawson

Second Advisor

Dr. Roger Zabik

Third Advisor

Dr. Hal Ray

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


The study investigated the degree to which predicting performance in track and field relates to individual performances of track athletes. Predictive scores were determined for 26 male and 14 female athletes using prediction equations and test procedures developed by Henson, Turner, and Lacourse (1989a; 1989b). Predictive scores were compared to athletes' individual event point scores published in International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) men's and women's multi-event scoring tables ("Scoring Table for Men's," 1962; "Scoring Table for Women's," 1971).

Each subject's height, weight and age were recorded as well as performances on the following tests: vertical jump, standing long jump, five bounds for distance, percent body fat, 60 meter dash and 30 meter dash, stride length and stride frequency. Data were collected on sprinters, hurdlers, jumpers, throwers and multi-eventers.

The male sprint group showed the only significant correlation. It was concluded that Henson et al. equations did not accurately predict performance.