Track and field athletes around the world, particularly men in distance
events, are entering the 2013 campaign knowing the entry standards for
the Moscow World Championships are tougher than ever before.
The Go Get An A Standard has made significant changes in two areas. First, the window
to lock up an A or B standard is smaller. The window to achieve
standards for the 10k, marathon, walks, relays, and multi events is
January 1, 2012-July 29, 2013. This is similar to previous years.
However, all other events have a window of October 1, 2012-July 29, 2013. Essentially all marks needs to be achieved in 2013.
Standards in the men's 1500, 5k, and 10k improved to 3:35.00, 13:15.00, and 27:40.00, respectively.
The USATF Championships/World Championships Trials is scheduled for June
19-23 in Des Moines. Similar to 2011, it is assumed that standard
chasing will be allowed between USA's and WC's.
Planning and coordination, and possibly cooperation, will be critical in
2013. Post-USA's standard chasing is stressful, exhausting, and leaves
athletes drained when they arrive at the championship event. Just ask
Amy Hastings and Angela Bizzarri about 2011.
The US team needs to be cemented at USAs. While standard chasing was
not allowed after the 2012 US Trials, American distance success at the
Olympic Games serve as proof of the need to set the team as early as
possible. Rarely is success found in frantic standard chasing
throughout Europe in a desparate effort to get in a USA jersey.
One suggestion is to set up quality distance races at reliable meets.
Invest in meet with good conditions and hire the best pacers to get the
job done. I cannot tell you where the resources will come from, but it
needs to happen. The US distance team is better than ever. These
athletes need support and planning so they will be ready when it counts