Question Axer wrote:
1. Why are there college competitions on a Sunday?
2. If he knew he wasn't going to race he should have stayed home.
3. If his coach knew he wasn't going to race he shouldn't have entered him in the meet
1. There are all kinds of collegiate competitions on Sundays. Folks that plan schedules are not beholden to days that people from a specific religion hold dearly. Separation of church and state...
2. I believe what he raced was perfectly fine. If you are upset that he made it to the final and you did not then you should have beat him. Admittedly, knowing that he's not running another round on Sunday allows him to not worry about exerting a max effort, but I digress...
3. His coach did the right thing. Coaches coach to better the PR's of their athletes every time out - or they should be. Of course, I understand team championships and how they are tactical, but that is just another way of bettering their athletes. In this case, this kid practiced some tactical running presumably in preparation for nationals.
My issue with this is if it were to happen on the international stage. I'd hope that if this kid were to qualify for an international team he would make everyone aware that he won't run on a Sunday - or any other day he can't. The selection committee would have the unenviable task of deciding of whether he gets to travel. I for one am glad I never have to make that decision.