McDonald was hurt indoors and missed NCAAs. He then didn't run outdoors until Big 10s which he won in bad weather in 14:14 and thus didn't have a qualifier for NCAAs.
"In hindsight, the injury actually recharged him.When Mother Nature derailed his NCAA outdoor plans at Big Tens, we had to once again refocus and it seemed like fate just kept pointing to London," said Mick Byrne.
My questions is how bad was the weather? It must have been horrific if a 13:15 guy wasn't able to push the pace a little bit to make sure it was at least a 14:00 race.