Friday, June 24, 2011

Rhines Makes World Championships, Curtis Doesn't

Former Villanova runner Jen Rhines finished in third in the final of the women's 10,000 meter race at the US Track & Field championships, assuring her place on the team for the upcoming world championships in Daegu, South Korea.  Fellow Villanovan Bobby Curtis didn't have as much luck, as he finished fourth in a slow, tactical 10,000 meter race. This is unfortunate for Curtis because he ran one of the fastest times ever run by an American at that distance earlier this season. Curtis could still conceivably make the team if an injury happens to one of the guys who beat him.


Women's 10,000 Meters
1 Shalane Flanagan Oregon TC Elite 30:59.97
2 Kara Goucher Oregon TC Elite 31:16.65
3 Jennifer Rhines adidas 31:30.37
4 Desiree Davila Hansons-Brooks Distance Projec 31:37.14
5 Magdalena Lewy Boulet Saucony 31:48.58

Men's 10,000 Meters
1 Galen Rupp Nike 28:38.17
2 Matt Tegenkamp Oregon TC Elite 28:39.97
3 Scott Bauhs adidas 28:40.51
4 Robert Curtis Reebok 28:42.50
5 Tim Nelson Oregon TC Elite 28:43.41


  1. I believe you're incorrect in regards to Bobby's qualification. The 3rd place finisher has not made the "A" standard, therefore Bobby supersedes him, unless the 3rd place finisher makes the "A" standard by the cutoff date, August 8th.

  2. Automatic Qualification:
    The top three (3) rank order finishers in each event at the 2011 USA Track & Field Championships will automatically select themselves to the USATF team for the World Championships (the “Team”), provided that each has achieved the applicable IAAF “A” Standard and meets all other qualifications. The next ranked order finisher shall serve as the alternate, provided that he or she has achieved at least the applicable IAAF “B” Standard.
    If each of the top four (4) rank order finishers has not achieved the IAAF “A” standard, each athlete among the top four (4) finishers who has not achieved the “A” standard will have until midnight PDT on August 8, 2011 to achieve the “A” standard. Results information must be received by USATF by said deadline at the following e-mail address:
    If after August 8, 2011 any of the top four (4) rank order finishers have not achieved the “A” standard, USATF may, in its discretion, enter one (1) athlete who has not achieved the “A” standard, provided that said athlete has achieved the “B” standard in that event during the qualifying period.
    In each event, the rank order of the finish at the 2011 USA Track & Field Championships shall determine whether an athlete competes or is designated an alternate at the World Championships.

  3. It is unclear whether rank order, under these rules, dictates that the USATF must exercise it's option to make a discretionary decision to enter as a competitor, and not an alternate, one athlete who has made the "B" standard, since that athlete finished 3rd.

  4. i believe they changed the rules. bobby will have to be an alt.