gh wrote: tandfman wrote:
az2004 wrote:so if I get this right, neely spence gets an a qual for the 10k in Moscow
does she still have to do des moisnes?? to get to go to moscow
Yes. Even the wild cards have to do Des Moines.
To clarify, Spence doesn't have a wild card. A wild card allows a nation to enter a 4th. What she has is a A-qualifier status without having run an A-time (the XC finish being considered equivalent). So not only does she have to run in Des Moines, she has to finish high enough in the race to make the team.
wild card people have a free pass from the IAAF to go "directly" to the Worlds, but the national federation reserves the right to control whether or not they get named. USATF rules are that you have to compete in the nationals to become the fourth person. But you don't have to make the final, and you don't even have to run your regular event. (so Trey Hardee simply needs to run the hurdles to make the decathlon team, for example)
hastings bawcon uhl have a standard, so I presume spence needs to beat those 3 in the 10 k in des moines to claim her A option in the 10k
otherwise run the 5k and get the a there
this is getting too confusing for me