I noticed that Chris Solinsky dropped out of the mile race won by Andy Bambolough in 3:56.12. Does anyone know why he dropped out? Still dealing with injury? It seems like Solinsky has been plagued with one thing or another ever since he ran that sub 27:00 10K at Stanford.
I saw a Flotrack interview and he is healthy and happy. He is taking a slow road to recovery and considers himself in about the same fitness as his freshman/sophomore years at Wisconsin. He also said he has no time goals this year, only to get to the point of being competitive going into the end of races. He realizes he does not currently possess the strength to finish races like he did in his best days in 2011. He is planning a slow build up over he next several years and if he happens to get there earlier, like this year, great, if not no worries.
He was twice NCAA XC Top 20 as an underclassman; so that standard is pretty high. He was 6th as a frosh at the 3000, and he won the 3000i title as a sophomore, while he was 8th at the 5000 as a frosh and 10th at USATF.
This could be the last year that Ritz and Teg are attempting to make the team in track, but 2015 won't be any easier for Solinsky. You still have Rupp in his prime. Derrick being better in two years. And you will probably have Chelanga competing for a spot.
5000 will not have Lagat, but Rupp and Lomong will be around. And Derrick may try a double in two years.
I would not be surprised if he never made another Olympic/World team again.
agree w az2004 that it would be nice to see Solinsky in the USATF meet, whilst knowing he would likely not be ready at all to compete -- that's pretty much what he's saying about this year. A/B standards for USATF 10k are 28:30/29:01, iirc. Whatever he does this year, I hope it is a year of steady progress and return near his full health and racing fitness. He seems to be smart about the time needed for comeback, and he is certainly seems to be training in a good, supportive environment. I wish him well this year!