Dirk J. wrote:
For the sake of argument assume the situation does play out the way it did in 2016. Would you prefer to select 1st, 2nd, and 3rd from the trials or 2nd, 4th, and 5th?
Are the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd from the trials our best 3 runners at that event?
Doesn't matter, you have to select them somehow. In scenarios like this, which would you select for the Olympic team, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd or 2nd, 4th, and 5th?
The CHIEF thing the trials matter for is something relatively compelling that USATF can sell the rights to televise. If you pick a team based on a tabulation of best marks during the OG qualifying window and possibly head-to-head records, it would result in no less quality of a team.