Georgia contains 422 high schools (as on the map by 09 September 2010), and it subdivides these schools into five athletic and scholastic divisions based on student population: A, AA, AAA, AAAA, and AAAAA. A is the smallest (usually private schools like Landmark Christian), and AAAAA is the largest (city schools like Brookwood). It also divides schools geographically into 8 area regions. JCCHS (Jackson County Comprehensive High School), for example, was an 8-AAA school in 2001, but then moved to an 8-AAAA school by 2003. Sometime during 2005, the school split and turned into an 8-AA school, but is now again back to AAA as of 2010.
Schools pick their track meets based on location and division. As an 8-AAA / 8-AAAA school, Jackson County usually runs track meets at Johnson High in Gainesville, at home, Jefferson High School, and Winder-Barrow High School. Occasionally, the team travels an hour or more away to remote schools like Rabun County or down to Albany (theis is where the Girls' State Track Meet is located). Most of the time, however, small track programs like JCCHS's stick to within 30 minutes of their schools, and try to compete against schools that they will face in Region track competition at the end of the season. For 2005 runners, this meant rival 8-AAAA schools like Salem High, Rockdale High, Habersham Central High, Loganville High, Clarke Central High, and several others.
An average high school track meet in Georgia contains the following events: 100 meter dash, 200 meter dash, 400 meter dash, 800 meter run, 1600 meter run, 3200 meter run, 4 X 100 meter relay, 4 X 400 meter rely, discus throw, shot put, long jump, triple-jump, high jump, pole vault, 100/110 meter high hurdles, and 300 meter hurdles. The field events are always completed first, although the 3200 meter run was often started during the field events. The short sprints and short relay follow the field events, and then come the longer sprints, and finally the 1600 meter run and 4 X 400 meter relay. An athlete could enter up to three individual events (2 track and 1 field or 1 track and 2 field). I always ran the 3200 meter, the 4 X 400 relay, and either the 800 meter or 1600 meter. Occasionally, coaches get together and agree to run a "Fat Boy" relay for fun (especially in less-formal and smaller track meets), which means that they have their massive throwers run a 4 X 400 relay.
Usually, a local track meet had between 2 and 4 teams. Scoring was altered slightly based upon the number of teams, but athletes earned a certain number of points based on their finish place, and points were totaled to determine team placing. Local "dual" or "triple" track meets are typically small and feature between 3-10 competitiors in each event, thus increasing the chances for individual victories. Cross country races are appreciably more difficult to win, because all athletes run in the same race.