Sorry can someone explain how they decide the team and why it's not the top 3 in the Trials? I understand that he hasn't gotten the standard yet, but why is that relevant here?
Because the US (usually) has at least 3 people under the olympic standard, we have a Trials meet where you must finish in the top three to qualify for the olympics. However, this sometimes creates the interesting dynamic we have now, where somebody in the top 3 doesn't have the standard and is thus on the bubble and has to rely on world rankings to get in (and from what I'm hearing, Hocker's world ranking should be high enough that he will qualify this way).
However, if the athlete who finishes in the top 3 doesn't qualify on world ranking or have the standard, their spot goes to the next guy on the list who does qualify on world ranking / have the olympic standard. In this case, that person is Engels, and that's the situation that they're in here.
I'm confused on this ranking stuff.
I checked this out and Hocker on the World Athletics site is listed as #42 in the World, based pretty much on a 3:50 mile he ran indoors a few months ago and hasn't approached since. He's also ranked behind several Americans.
What are the rankings based upon? Hocker has only raced Americans, mostly collegians so his strength of schedule isn't really impressive. He's also ranked behind multiple guys from different countries, for example there are four Australians ahead of him four Brits, a few Canadians. He won the trials, but that's in no way a win against a top flight international field. Rojo awards him big points for that, but who really makes the decision?
What exactly on his resume will move him up in the rankings to make the team if he doesn't have a qualifying time? (which he could get if runs in Bislett next weekend)