More than 478,000 girls participated in track and field during the 2014–15 school year.


When it comes to participation in high school sports, running proved to be the most popular among female athletes during the 2014–15 academic year, according to a survey conducted by the National Federation of State High School Associations.

Outdoor track and field ranked highest for girls participation, totaling 478,726 athletes. The sport beat out volleyball (432,176) and basketball (429,504).

On the boys’ side, track and field placed second with 578,632 students behind football, which attracted 1,083,617 players.

Both genders combined, track and field was the second most popular sport behind football, notching a total of 1,057,358 athletes.

Overall participation showed slight growth over the previous school year—more than 7.8 million high school students got involved in sports.

“Despite other out-of-school opportunities that exist in some sports, this year’s survey is yet another confirmation that our model of education-based sports within the high school setting is the number one choice for boys and girls nationwide,” Bob Gardner, the executive director at NFHS, said in a press release.



May 29, 2015; Eugene, OR, USA; Ryan Frazier (center) defeats Danielle Jones to win the girls mile, 4:39.84 to 4:39.88, during the 41st Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field.

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