OH yeah. They used a waterfall start which is against IAAF rules i believe. Elite 800s are supposed to be run in lanes. I don't know why they jsut didn't have two guys share a lane.
Also NCAA regulations as well for it to count as an official mark for qualification purposes, aren't I correct in thinking this??
No you are not. Starting it out of lanes, makes it harder. Not easier. They aren't going to not allow it.