1. Sam Chalenga is now an American citizen, and the 10,000 team just got that much harder to make.
2. Chris Derrick is a strength guy and will never have a final 400 that is going to medal in a championship 10k.
3. Great XC success. One could maybe argue that he would be better on roads than on the track.
4. He also has Achilles issue. For me, those always cropped up with speed work and were less of an issue with mileage. (Maybe others don't agree).
To me, it kind of makes sense to run a half this fall and consider going for the Rio Marathon team in February. That way, even if he does not get top 3 in LA he has 2 chances to make the Olympic team. On the other hand, if he is healthy he has got to be the favorite for the 3rd spot on the 10k team so maybe the marathon could hurt his chances there.
What do you guys think?