It's kind of crazy to ask for top 5 at the US Olympic Trials to get the standard. What if the US is weak in that event, why should it be judged specially? What if they gave that benefit to say Russia?
I think it's fair to ask for the weight of the Olympic Trials to be judged based on the competition that shows up -- maybe there should be bonus points based on the level of competition. Like if the competition at the Trials is better than the competition at an A-level race, wouldn't it make sense for it to be valued higher?
The other thing that might be fair is to have a rule that says top N at the trials get the standard if there are N qualified athletes. So like if the US has two people who qualify for the Olympics before the trials then they can alternatively send the top two places from the trials. Something like that...