The rules are the rules oh wise one!
Seriously?!? The officials have discretion. It should be exercised.
But then abolish the rule?
Is there video?
I was lined up for a mile race in high school, leaning slightly forward, when a guy behind me gave me a little push (I think he had lost balance, perhaps). I lost my balance and took a little step forward. I got tossed for jumping the gun, in spite of my attempt to explain what happened.
So, did this guy actually start running or did he lose balance or something?
Is the official an MIT grad? Paid off? Bet on the meet somehow????
Never before have I seen this called. Anything less than an FBI investigation and NCAA investigation shows the NCAA is in on it.
BTW for those not following. This decided the team title. La Crosse could have won with Ethan Gregg second or better and a 4x4 win.
They were set and he sort of fell forward a step, like lost his balance. Is it a no choice situation for the officials? It’s the 5000….so sad.
It’s fairly common for officials to call everyone back, issue a warning, and do a restart. It even happens in sprints every now and then. The official was probably being a power hungry dbag.
Evidently in a regional high school meet in Ohio last night, an athlete was tossed from the 1600 for leaning too far forward at the start. No false start, just leaning too much.
I always think distance races have a poor starting procedure. To have everyone run up to the line, then within two seconds they have to make sure their foot is in the right place and they aren’t being squeezed, all while listening for the gun, I’m surprised there aren’t more false starts. They should have three commands, just like every other race.
Not that it should matter, but Gregg was one of the favorites. He was screwed and so was his team. You want to see the best athletes run. If there is any place for discretion, this would be it.
Keep your diaper on
Well except when a D1 runner obviously tanks a race then claims it was a magic medical problem that magically disappeared an hour later.
It's D3, bro.
Also, I'm going to point out we missed an opportunity for the most epic coach ejection in track and field ever. LACrosse was ROBBED. The coach should have made the officials ears RING. So many baseball coaches get tossed arguing such minor calls. This was an incredible opportunity to be #goodforthesport an epic clip of a coach righteously going of an official.
That was pretty ludicrous.
Saw it happen- guy was jumpy but definitely didn't lose his balance. Was probably nervous and trying to anticipate the gun. Not the most egregious false start, but not the most innocent either. Decision to toss him was solid. In situations like this instead of relying on the dq they oughta pull him out of line and have his start a step back behind the line of competitors.
That is actually a pretty good idea. A false start in a distance race should mean that you start maybe 2 seconds behind the rest of the field (or something like that). A penalty but not a death penalty.
It’s the 5000…..they just shouldn’t toss somebody for that sort of infraction.
But you would be OK with a slight penalty, like maybe you start a couple seconds after the gun? I think it would deter false starts but not be so egregious as to appear disproportionate to the offense.