The 51st USATF Hershey National Junior Olympic Track & Field Championships will be held at Rock Chalk Park, the home of Kansas Track and Field, in Lawrence, Kansas. The USATF Junior Olympic Track & Field program is one of the most visible youth athletic development programs in the world. Many of today’s Olympic stars began their track and field careers competing in the USATF's Junior Olympic meets.
Nearly 10,000 athletes are expected to travel to Lawrence for the 2017 Championships. Entry is based on athlete performances at Preliminary, Association and Regional levels of the 2017 USATF Junior Olympic Program. Competition takes place in six (6) two-year age groups with athletes generally falling between the ages of 7 and 18.