Precious Roy wrote:
Desi got into the 2008 trials with a marathon time that was just under 2:45. She ran 2:37 at the trials. The 2008 trials were a big springboard for her career. The tighter the standard gets, the less the trials serve as a developmental tool.
Yes, this. Would she have even continued running if her 2:45 debut wasn't a qualifier? The USA would have lost a great talent.