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Selection Procedures

  1. Selection to the 2005 Pan American Race Walking Cup (hereafter called PAC) will be based on the rank order of finish in the Trials competitions. The Trials competition for the men's 50 km shall be the USA 50 km Race Walk Championships on 2/13/2005 in Clermont, FL. The Trials competition for the men's and women's open 20 km and junior 10 km shall be the USA Team Trials - Pan American Race Walking Cup on 4/3/2005 in Hauppauge, NY.
  2. Athletes will be required to meet certain standards at the Trials races in order to be selected for the team. These standards must be met at the Trials race itself. The standards are:

    Men 50 km - 4:45:00
    Men 20 km - 1:36:00
    Women 20 km - 1:48:00
    Junior Men 10 km - 51:00 *
    Junior Women 10 km - 55:00 *

    * as of this writing, the status of funding for the juniors to attend the Pan Am Cup has not been determined
  3. Athletes must declare their desire to compete on the PAC team no later than midnight on Tuesday, April 5, 2005. All athletes who complete a Trials race under the standards in #2 are eligible and encouraged to declare. Male athletes who complete a Trials race at both 20 km and 50 km under the standards MUST indicate the distance at which they would prefer to compete and whether they would be willing to compete in the other distance if not selected for their preferred distance. If an athlete who completed both trials races does not indicate a preferred distance, the 50 km will be assumed to be his preferred distance.
  4. In naming the teams, the chair will first go down the list of declared athletes at 50 km in rank order of trials finish. The first four athletes who have indicated the 50 km as their preferred distance will be placed on the initial 50 km roster
  5. Next, the chair will go down the list of declared athletes at 20 km in rank order of trials finish. The first four athletes who have indicated the 20 km as their preferred distance will be placed on the initial 20 km roster.
  6. Any athletes who indicated the 20 km as their preferred distance but was not named to the initial 20 km roster and finished ahead of an athlete on the initial 50 km roster will replace the lowest placing athlete(s) on the 50 km roster.
  7. If, as a result of step #6, there are any athletes who indicated the 50 km as their preferred distance but are no longer on the 50 km roster and finished ahead of an athlete on the 20 km roster, those athletes will replace the lowest placing athlete(s) on the 20 km roster.
  8. Steps #6 and #7 will be repeated until there are no more athletes to whom these steps apply. Any situation that is unable to be resolved using these steps will be resolved by the Chair, in consultation with the affected athletes and the Executive Committee. The resulting 20 km and 50 km rosters will be named to the PAC team.
  9. For the women's 20 km and the junior teams, the first four declared trials finishers in rank order will be named to the team.
  10. If after going through the steps above, any team has fewer than four named members, the chair may at his discretion name additional athletes to that team. This shall be done in consultation with the Executive Committee and shall give primary consideration to rank order of finish at the trials.
  11. If any athletes withdraw from a team after being named to it, but before midnight on 4/30/2005, the chair shall use the procedures outlined in Steps 4 through 10 to name replacement athletes. However, no athlete who has been named to the team and not withdrawn shall be subsequently removed from the team as a result. If an athlete withdraws after midnight on 4/30/2005, no replacement shall be named unless the Chair in consultation with the Executive Committee determines that doing so is in the best interests of the team. If they so determine, the Chair in consultation with the Executive Committee shall name the replacement, giving primary consideration to the rank order of trials finish.
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