Running a time trial at Stanford or Mt SAC is not the same as competition. The fact is those who don't have the advantage of climate-controlled time trials whupped up on the at the Regionals and again tonight.
#'s 7,11,11,12,15,17 and 23 showed they weren't competitive when it counted and DNF's None of thme has any claim to be in Eugene.
#'s 6,8,10,13,20,21 and 24 couldn't even break 30:00 at Regionals, proving that none of them had any claim to be in Eugene.
Of the top 24 descending Chelenga held his rank.
2nd ranked Chris Barnicle DNF'd
3rd, 4th, and 5th ranked runners showed that time trial performances mean squat when it comes to competition.
Except for Chelenga, all of the gamers had poor descending rankings.
Descending order rankings are a very poor way of filling the fields at Nationals.