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So earlier today we published an article about the mistakes USATF has made in selecting its team for the 2019 Pan American Games, which will be held in August.
In it, we noted that USATF initially said it was going to pick the team based off the 2019 US descending order list but then reversed course and said it would pick based off the combined 2018/2019 US descending order list.
The problem is, in some cases (men's 5k and 800), USATF didn't even do that.
And then after we published our article, Kyle Merber told us that Johnny Gregorek -- who ran 3:35.21 in the 1500 in March 2019, the #2 time across both 2018 and 2019 -- wasn't even offered a spot on the team.
That makes ZERO sense. No matter how they were picking the team -- off the 2018/2019 combined list or the 2019 list only -- Gregorek should have been picked.
We reached out to Johnny and he told us that just a few hours ago, he was contacted by USATF and accepted a spot on the team. Which is good for him -- but bad for the athlete whose spot he is taking (and had already been announced on the team yesterday). He would be replacing either Eric Avila or Izaic Yorks.
The whole situation is a mess and it now sounds like USATF is scrambling to change its team. But we still don't know exactly how they're picking it as they have declined to respond to our interview requests.