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RE: Kim Smith 15:02 5k, Molly Huddle 8:57 3k @ New Balance Boston Twilight Meet!
In the grand scheme of things, it doesn't make a ton of difference whether a woman runs an A standard amongst a field of fast women or regional level men. They still have to run the time. The difference is that it's easier to congregate a field of regional level men to get the standards. It's a tool that levels the playing field a bit for those who don't have the travel budget to circle the globe in search of fast races.
To make the team, you still have to beat women at your national championships so having the A standard or not won't matter if you can't perform on the day (especially if more women end up with the opportunity to get to the trials with an A standard already in their back pocket, which is something we didn't have in 2012. Hence the Kim Conley phenomenon).
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