Can someone please give a quick run-down of what's at issue here, because several people have alluded to various components, but I need someone to educate those of us that are ignorant.
The honest effort rule is ripe for subjectivity and selective use, so it should be used sparingly unless it has bearing on other athletes or schools
Is her 1500m spot in this meet taking a spot away from another school's runner? Or just HER school's alternate runner? The former is affecting others and the competitive structure as a whole, the latter is intraschool politics and has no bearing on using such an extreme DQ power in the context of this meet.
Was her "start" in the 1500m necessary for some loophole for a later meet or stage? If so, there is grounds to explore that in the context of what she was attempting to loophole. But a stretch, once again, to attack her entire meet.
Did her participation in the 1500m enhance the performance of her school at the meet or the scoring process? Was it mandatory someone run it, in the vein of the shotputters joining the 4x4? Or was it just an early registration that didn't pan out? Would someone or some school have been affected if she DNS'd. Please explain the meet protocol.
Please bear in mind everyone appears to somewhere in 3 camps on the normal letsrun spectrum here. Outright DQ miserable back-in-my-day offended grumps that want to tear down the athlete's ability to race the 10k, DQ in the context of some fairness that needs to be better explained please, or no DQ in the context of having the best athletes in the 10k race and apologize away the malpractice of the coach.