30 Jun '16, 5am

USATF makes moves: the 10K field expanded to 27, Chris Derrick is in!

USATF makes moves: the 10K field expanded to 27, Chris Derrick is in!

After tripping over itself in 2008 with the Adam Goucher incident—in which then-USA Track & Field rules chair John Chaplin legendarily said “The Olympic trials are not a goddamn all-comers’ meet " after admitting Goucher but not seven athletes ahead of him on the descending order list—USATF made sure to cross its t’s and dot its i’s with the 10K field in 2016. The qualifying standard lists 24 athletes, though it takes pain to be clear that the field sizes are not minimums or maximums and that expanding the field is at management's discretion. And USATF used that discretion to let in 27 athletes. Until today, only athletes with the standard of 28:15 were listed as “accepted,” but today, 27 athletes were listed as “accepted.” 27th athlete Chris Derrick is 0.16 seconds ahead of the 28th athlete, Robert Cheseret, who is listed as “not accepted.” While USATF wrote its rules in ...

Full article: http://www.flotrack.org/article/43109-usatf-expands-trial...

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