I was supporting OP's position that Hiltz' race strategy may have cost someone a Qualifier.
The consensus seems to be "yeah, so what, that's racing".
And also, that at this level, if someone missed a qualifier from a too-slow start that is on them - because even if they didn't sense the wrong pace, they should have clued in by seeing the rabbit gap the field and then immediately passed, instead of sitting back and waiting on the first split call. (I didn't see the race or splits, so will assume the rabbit did their job).
Also seems reasonable... I don't have a lot of track racing experience, so defer to the "experts".