I wasn't there, but this is ridiculous. It seems the timers put out results without checking chips against some independent data stream.
I mean -- come on! I used to be a timer, and I can tell you there's no mystery to how a big-time event's done. Chips can be missed, period, so you never go on the chip data stream alone. Never.
Sometimes I give Pat Leone (Leone Timing and Results) a hand. I was there for the MAC XC championships, and Pat backed up his chip timing with hip numbers, a FinishLynx camera on each side of the line, and an IndentiLynx camera showing finish line arrivals.
And we went through L and R cameras plus IdentiLynx before we put anything out. I doubt that it added 10 minutes to the process and when we posted results (handing out many copies to different people, by the way) they were accurate.
Big races only? Nope. Last weekend I helped at the NY State XC championships near Buffalo. Even for a HS meet, Pat brought the same equipment -- the Lynx setups plus hip numbers -- and we sat in the trailer and verified every finisher in every race, using L and R cameras and the IdentiLynx. It didn't take long.
If the timers didn't do at the NCAAs what we do even for a HS meet, they don't deserve to have the job again.
I had better say again that I only help Pat out from time to time. I'm no longer in the business and have no stake in his company.