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Junior Colleges with Men’s Track and Field Programs

While student-athletes may be familiar with competing at the NCAA or NAIA levels, they often overlook junior colleges. There are many misconceptions about what junior colleges can offer student-athletes, and that’s why they get overlooked or ignored in favor of a four-year institution. However, what many student-athletes don’t realize is that junior colleges—often referred to as JUCO—are considered “feeder” schools for D1 schools. D1 college coaches often look to the best track and field JUCO colleges to fill empty roster spots created by transfers, injuries or a lack of academic eligibility on their current team. For many student-athletes, JUCO is a great way to improve their times or other key measurables while crossing off some core classes before moving on to a D1, D2, D3 or NAIA program. 

What else do student-athletes get wrong about junior colleges with track and field? Many student-athletes don’t realize that competing at the JUCO level shows college coaches that they can handle the challenges of balancing college coursework along with their athletic schedules, which makes them highly sought-after recruits. College coaches want to recruit student-athletes who they know can stay academically eligible while competing. Also, since many junior college recruits have at least one, if not two years of experience competing at the college level, college coaches know they are a safe bet and can “jump in” to a last-minute roster opening when compared to their freshmen peers, who may need some additional guidance or training.

Depending on the junior college, it’s not unheard of for JUCO track and field schools to offer scholarships. In fact, track and field athletes at the junior college level often have more scholarship options than they think. The National Junior College Athletic Association, or the NJCAA, offers full and partial scholarships at the D1 level. Additionally, junior colleges are considerably more affordable than a four-year private or even public college, so when factoring in academic, athletic and need-based aid, it’s not unheard of for some top athletes to receive full-rides to some of the best track and field JUCO colleges in the USA.

How many men’s JUCO track and field schools are there?

There are more than 100 junior colleges with track and field programs in the U.S. Of those, 64 junior colleges offer indoor track and field programs, while 105 offer outdoor track and field programs. Student-athletes who compete at the junior college level operate under the governing association of community, state and junior college athletics known as the National Junior College Athletic Association, or the NJCAA. It’s important to note that while the NJCAA is divided into three division levels (like the NCAA and NAIA D1, D2 and D3 levels), track and field programs operate at the D1 and D3 levels only. Additionally, while there are 20 scholarships available per program, they are only available at the NJCAA D1 level. Sixty-four D1 programs offer indoor track and field programs, while 67 D1 programs offer either outdoor track and field or both indoor and outdoor programs.

Check out a complete list of junior colleges with track and field programs here

Best track and field JUCO colleges in USA

Several organizations offer JUCO track and field rankings throughout both indoor and outdoor seasons, including the NJCAA, the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association and the Track & Field Results Reporting System. Here are the top programs:

  1. Iowa Central
  2. Barton
  3. Cloud County
  4. Coffeyville
  5. South Plains
  6. Central Arizona
  7. Trinidad State
  8. Colby
  9. Monroe College
  10. Hinds

Check out the best track and field JUCO colleges in the USA.

List of NJCAA men track and field colleges that compete at Division 1 and 2

While the NJCAA is divided into three division levels like the NCAA and NAIA D1, D2 and D3 levels, track and field programs only operate (and give scholarships!) at the D1 and D3 levels. D1 and D3 junior colleges with track and field compete during the winter and spring. Indoor track programs operate in the winter, while outdoor track programs start running in the spring.

Check out the best track and field JUCO colleges in the USA that compete at the indoor level.

Check out the best track and field JUCO colleges in the USA that compete at the outdoor D1 level.

Check out the best track and field JUCO colleges in the USA that compete at the outdoor D3 level.

Full list of junior colleges with track and field

School
City and State
Region
Conference
Division
Santa Maria, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Western State Conference  
JC  
Cumberland, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Iola, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Alpena, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Michigan Community College Athletic Association, NJCAA  
JC  
Sacramento, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Donaldson, INDIANA
Great Lakes
 
JC  
Cuthbert, GEORGIA
South East
NJCAA  
JC  
Lancaster, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Little Rock, ARKANSAS
Mid South
Region 2 NJCAA  
JC  
Brooklyn, NEW YORK
North East
 
JC  
Miami, FLORIDA
South East
NJCAA - Independent  
JC  
Bakersfield, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Baltimore, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Barstow, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Great Bend, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA, Jayhawk Conference  
JC  
Escanaba, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
 
JC  
Paramus, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Lincroft, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Milwaukee, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
Independent  
JC  
El Dorado, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Oroville, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Community College Athletic Association (CCCAA)  
JC  
Blackwood, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Galesburg, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Westminster, MARYLAND
North East
 
JC  
Coolidge, ARIZONA
South West
NJCAA  
JC  
Macon, GEORGIA
South East
 
JC  
Auburn, MAINE
New England
Yankee Small College Conference (YSCC)  
JC  
Riverton, WYOMING
North West
National Intercollegiate Rodeo Association and NJCAA Region IX  
JC  
Norwalk, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Hayward, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Rancho Cucamonga, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Collegiate Athletic Association  
JC  
Marietta, GEORGIA
South East
 
JC  
Glendora, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Western States Conference  
JC  
San Francisco, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Chicago, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Oregon City, OREGON
West Coast
NJCAA, Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges (NWAACC)  
JC  
Clarendon, TEXAS
Mid South
Western Junior College Athletic Conference  
JC  
Vancouver, WASHINGTON
West Coast
 
JC  
Concordia, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Clarksdale, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Coffeyville, KANSAS
Mid West
 
JC  
Colby, KANSAS
Mid West
 
JC  
Glen Ellyn, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Grayslake, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Kentfield, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Community College Athletic Association  
JC  
San Mateo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Twin Falls, IDAHO
North West
NJCAA  
JC  
La Plata, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Santa Clarita, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Community College Athletic Association, Western States Conference  
JC  
Palm Desert, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Eureka, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Golden Valley Conference, North Carolina Football Alliance  
JC  
Visalia, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Weed, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Rangely, COLORADO
South West
NJCAA  
JC  
Hudson, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA, Mountain Valley Conference  
JC  
Pittsburgh, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Monaca, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference  
JC  
Warwick, RHODE ISLAND
New England
NJCAA  
JC  
Arkansas City, KANSAS
Mid West
 
JC  
San Luis Obispo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Vineland, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
El Cajon, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific Coast ConferenceFoothills ConferenceOrange Empire Conference  
JC  
Danville, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA, Collegiate Conference of Central Illinois  
JC  
Glendive, MONTANA
North West
NJCAA, NIRA  
JC  
Cupertino, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Newark, DELAWARE
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Pleasant Hill, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Tsaile, ARIZONA
South West
AZ CCAC, NLCAA  
JC  
Dodge City, KANSAS
Mid West
 
JC  
Monterey Park, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
SCAA  
JC  
Torrance, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Compton, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
South Coast Athletic Conference, Western State Conference  
JC  
El Paso, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Newark, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Avondale, ARIZONA
South West
 
JC  
Everett, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges  
JC  
Canandaigua, NEW YORK
North East
Mid-State Athletic Conference (NJCAA; Region III)  
JC  
Fort Scott, KANSAS
Mid West
 
JC  
Fresno, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Central Valley Conference  
JC  
Fullerton, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Gadsden, ALABAMA
South East
NJCAA  
JC  
Garden City, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
McHenry, MARYLAND
North East
Maryland JUCO, NJCAA Region XX  
JC  
Milledgeville, GEORGIA
South East
NJCAA  
JC  
Centreville, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Glendale, ARIZONA
South West
NJCAA  
JC  
Glendale, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Ironwood, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA Region XIII  
JC  
Huntington Beach, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Grand Rapids, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
El Cajon, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Hagerstown, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Bryn Mawr, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA Region XIX  
JC  
Bel Air, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Palatine, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA, North Central Community College Conference  
JC  
Harrisburg, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
Eastern Pennsylvania Athletic Conference  
JC  
Salinas, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Waterloo, IOWA
Mid West
 
JC  
Hesston, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Highland, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA, Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference  
JC  
Des Moines, WASHINGTON
West Coast
NJCAA  
JC  
Raymond, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Columbia, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA Region XX, Maryland JUCO  
JC  
Hutchinson, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
East Peoria, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Ottumwa, IOWA
Mid West
 
JC  
Fort Dodge, IOWA
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Estherville, IOWA
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Council Bluffs, IOWA
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Jackson, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
 
JC  
Jacksonville, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Toms River, NEW JERSEY
North East
 
JC  
Overland Park, KANSAS
Mid West
 
JC  
Joliet, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Kansas City, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA Region VI, Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference (KJCCC)  
JC  
Centralia, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Battle Creek, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Michigan Community College Athletics Association  
JC  
Roscommon, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
 
JC  
Scranton, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Eugene, OREGON
West Coast
Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges, Southern Region  
JC  
Lansing, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Livermore, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Susanville, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
NJCAA  
JC  
Long Beach, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Elyria, OHIO
Great Lakes
 
JC  
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
WAC  
JC  
Los Angeles, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
South Coast  
JC  
Valley Glen, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Louisburg, NORTH CAROLINA
Mid East
NJCAA  
JC  
Nanticoke, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA Region 19  
JC  
Warren, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Madison, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
North Central Community College Conference  
JC  
Marion, ALABAMA
South East
 
JC  
Merced, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Meridian, MISSISSIPPI
Mid South
MACJC  
JC  
Oakland, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Bay Valley  
JC  
Mesa, ARIZONA
South West
NJCAA  
JC  
Harrison, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
 
JC  
Edison, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA Region XIX  
JC  
Milwaukee, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Modesto, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Central Valley Conference  
JC  
Bronx, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Bronx, NEW YORK
North East
 
JC  
Monterey, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Rockville, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Moorpark, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
WSC  
JC  
Palos Hills, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA, Skyway Conference  
JC  
Cicero, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Flint, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Gresham, OREGON
West Coast
 
JC  
Walnut, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Muscatine, IOWA
Mid West
NJCAA, IJCAA  
JC  
Muskegon, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Chanute, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Mason City, IOWA
Mid West
NJCAA, Iowa Junior College Conference  
JC  
Bethlehem, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Haverhill, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
 
JC  
Gillette, WYOMING
North West
 
JC  
Goodland, KANSAS
Mid West
 
JC  
Bloomfield Hills, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
 
JC  
Des Plaines, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA, Skyway Conference of Community Colleges  
JC  
Toms River, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Bremerton, WASHINGTON
West Coast
Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges  
JC  
Syracuse, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA, Middle States Athletic Conference  
JC  
Costa Mesa, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Orange Empire Conference, Mission Conference for football  
JC  
Oxnard, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
San Antonio, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
San Marcos, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Phoenix, ARIZONA
South West
 
JC  
Pasadena, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Mission Football Conference, South Coast Conference  
JC  
Martinsville, VIRGINIA
Mid East
 
JC  
Media, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
USCAA, Penn State University Athletic Conference  
JC  
Phoenix, ARIZONA
South West
NJCAA  
JC  
Tucson, ARIZONA
South West
NJCAA  
JC  
Chicago Heights, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Pratt, KANSAS
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Ranger, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Branchburg, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA Garden State Region XIX  
JC  
El Reno, OKLAHOMA
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Reedley, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Ina, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
South Prince George, VIRGINIA
Mid East
NJCAA (DII)  
JC  
Whittier, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Riverside, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Grants Pass, OREGON
West Coast
NWAC (Northwest Athletic Conference)  
JC  
Sewell, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Roxbury Crossing, MASSACHUSETTS
New England
NJCAA  
JC  
Sacramento, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Bay Valley Conference  
JC  
Mission Viejo, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Commission on Athletics  
JC  
San Bernardino, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Collegiate Athletic Association  
JC  
San Diego, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Pacific Coast Conference  
JC  
San Diego, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Stockton, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
San Jose, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Santa Ana, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Santa Barbara, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Western States Conference  
JC  
Santa Monica, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Santa Rosa, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Bay Valley 19, NORCAL Football Alliance, West Coast Conference  
JC  
Orange, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Orange Empire Conference  
JC  
Dixon, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Livonia, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
Michigan Community College Athletic Association  
JC  
Bettendorf, IOWA
Mid West
IJCAA, NJCAA  
JC  
Redding, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Rocklin, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Mount Vernon, WASHINGTON
West Coast
NWAACC  
JC  
Levelland, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA, Western Junior College Athletic Conference  
JC  
Lincoln, NEBRASKA
Mid West
NJCAA, NE Community College Athletic Conference  
JC  
West Burlington, IOWA
Mid West
NJCAA  
JC  
Richlands, VIRGINIA
Mid East
 
JC  
Terrell, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Chula Vista, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Other  
JC  
Creston, IOWA
Mid West
 
JC  
Albuquerque, NEW MEXICO
South West
 
JC  
Coos Bay, OREGON
West Coast
NWAACC  
JC  
Spartanburg, SOUTH CAROLINA
South East
NJCAA  
JC  
Spokane, WASHINGTON
West Coast
NJCAA, Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges  
JC  
Canton, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Midwest Conference  
JC  
Port Huron, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
 
JC  
Selden, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Binghamton, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Auburn, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Poughkeepsie, NEW YORK
North East
Mid-Hudson Athletic conference [Division lll, NJCAA]  
JC  
Johnstown, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Herkimer, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Troy, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Utica, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Loch Sheldrake, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Stone Ridge, NEW YORK
North East
 
JC  
Valhalla, NEW YORK
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Lancaster, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
AJCCA, NJCAA  
JC  
Baltimore, MARYLAND
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Sells, ARIZONA
South West
NJCAA  
JC  
Ontario, OREGON
West Coast
NJCAA, Scenic West Athletic Conference  
JC  
Trinidad, COLORADO
South West
NJCAA  
JC  
River Grove, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Roseburg, OREGON
West Coast
Northwest Athletic Association of Community Colleges  
JC  
Cranford, NEW JERSEY
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Bismarck, NORTH DAKOTA
North West
 
JC  
Mena, ARKANSAS
Mid South
 
JC  
Blue Ash, OHIO
Great Lakes
 
JC  
Waukesha, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
NJCAA, Wisconsin Collegiate Conference  
JC  
Sheboygan, WISCONSIN
Great Lakes
 
JC  
Wayne, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
 
JC  
Ventura, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Victorville, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
Foothill, South Coast (Wrestling)  
JC  
Vincennes, INDIANA
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Sugar Grove, ILLINOIS
Great Lakes
Skyway Conference  
JC  
Detroit, MICHIGAN
Great Lakes
NJCAA  
JC  
Culver City, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
Saratoga, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
California Collegiate Athletic Association  
JC  
Snyder, TEXAS
Mid South
NJCAA  
JC  
Youngwood, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA  
JC  
Media, PENNSYLVANIA
North East
NJCAA, NLLC, USCAA  
JC  
Marysville, CALIFORNIA
West Coast
 
JC  
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