Contestant in long jump.
Photograph by Rob Paine

When - Completed

was held Sunday, September 17, 2023

  • Running Long Jump at 2:00pm
  • Discus at 2:00pm
  • Shot Put at 3:30pm
  • Mini-Javelin at 3:30pm
  • High Jump at 5:00pm


Falls Church High School
7521 Jaguar Trail
Falls Church, VA 22042

Event Director

Don Tillson
Contact Don by email.


See our volunteers page for details.

Results and Records

Results and Records will be added when they are available:


Photographs from the NVSO 2023 field events taken by Ed Marion and Eva Lanyi.


General Rules
Please go here for rules covering all events.

Field Rules
Competition will be in separate divisions for men and women in 5-year age groups (50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-99, 100+).  

A) General
All events are governed by the Amateur Athletic Union of the United States, Inc. and the USA Track & Field Association (USATF)

1) Running Long Jump 

  • Each competitor is given three tries. Take-off foot must not be over the foul line (or the front edge of the take-off board).
  • Distance is measured from front of take-off board to the closest impression in the pit sand. All three distances will be recorded.
  • The second longest jump will break a tie. In case of another tie, the competitors’ third best jumps will break the tie.

2) High Jump 

  • At the commencement the Event Director will place the crossbar at the starting height agreed upon by the competitors. The Event Director will announce to the competitors the starting height and the subsequent heights to which the bar has been raised at the commencement of each round. After competition has started, the bar will not be lowered.
  • The bar will be raised in 2 inch or 5 cm increments after each round.
  • A competitor may commence jumping at any height above the minimum height and may skip a subsequent height at his/her own discretion.
  • A competitor must take off from one foot.
  • Knocking the bar off the supports or touching the landing area beyond the plane of the bar shall count as a failure. If the bar falls off without having been knockedby the competitor (e.g. due to strong wind), the competitor is not penalized.
  • Three (3) successive failures, not necessarily at the same height, disqualifies the athlete from competing further.
  • Even after all other competitors have failed, a competitor is entitled to continue until he/she has failed three subsequent attempts at any.
  • If a competitor attempts a new record, he/she may raise the bar by not less than 1 inch or 2 cm.
  • Breaking Ties: In case of a tie, the competitor with the fewest misses at the previous height or heights is declared the winner. If there still is a tie, the competitor with the fewest attempts below the last tie is declared the winner. If there still is a tie, the first place is awarded to all competitors who share the fewest number of attempts. Subsequent places are downgraded depending on the number of first places, etc. awarded. The same rule applies in determining second, third and subsequent places.

3) Discus 

  • Women 50-74 will use a 1 kg discus, Women 75+ will use a 3⁄4 kg discus, Men 50-59 will use 1.5 kg discus, Men 60+ will use a 1 kg. NVSO supplies discus.
  • The discus is to be held with the throwing hand over the top of the The discus is to be released by swinging the arm forward in an upward motion. Spinning (rotating the body) to throw the discus is only permitted if an operational safety cage is installed at the venue. This rule has been adopted as a safety measure.
  • In the execution of the throw, the participant must not step on or touch the top of the toe board. Upon completing each throw, the contestant must leave the ring towards the rear.
  • Participants are given three throws. The three throws will be recorded.
  • Distance will be measured from the inner edge of the ring to where the discus first touches the ground.
  • Second best throw will determine winner in a tie. Third best throw may then be used as tiebreaker.

4) Shot Put 

  • Women 50-74 will use a 3 kg shot, Women 75+ will use a 2 kg shot, Men 50-59 will use a 6 kg shot; Men 60-69 will use a 5 kg shot, Men 70+ will use a 4 kg shot. Men 80+will use 3 kg shot. NVSO supplies the shots
  • The shot will be held behind but close to the ear, and back toward the The delivery must be a forward thrust in an upward motion (classic slide shot put). The hand must be over the top of the shot in the delivery. Throwing motions and underhand delivery of the shot is prohibited. Spinning (rotating the body) to put the shot is only allowed if an operational safety cage is installed at the venue. This rule has been adopted as a safety measure.
  • Participants must not step on or over the toe board while ‘putting’ the Upon completing a ‘put,’ the contestant must leave the ring to the rear.
  • Distance will be measured from the inner edge of the “ring” to where the shot first touches the ground.
  • Three throws will be recorded.
  • In case of a tie, the second best ‘put’ will be the tiebreaker. Third may then be used.

5) Mini Javelin Throw 

  • Women, 50-74 use 500 gram “Long Toms”; 75+ use 400 gram “Turbojavelin”
  • Men, 50-59 use 700 gram “Long Toms”; 60-69 use 600 gram “Long Toms”; 70-79 use 500 gram “Long Toms”, and 80+ use 400 gram “Turbojavelin”.
  • Three throws are recorded. Best throw determines winner (second best throw may break tie).
  • NVSO supplies the equipment.