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Selection Procedures - Track & Field

Revised 6/22/07

The scenarios included are for illustration only and do not represent all possible scenarios. Athletes who have questions about the procedures should contact the Men's and Women's Track & Field Chairs:

Stephanie Hightower, Women's Chair - 614-774-4736
John Chaplin, Men's Chair - 509-595-7355

Philosophy

The philosophy of USATF is to send the maximum number of athletes allowed by IAAF rules. The maximum team size is 138 plus our 5 reigning World Champions if they elect to compete, for a total of 143. USATF's selection process is designed to have athletes select themselves in individual events. As it relates to relay events, the selection process provides the World Championships coaches with the discretion necessary to select the best possible relay team.

Selection Criteria

The following criteria will be used to nominate athletes to the 2007 IAAF World Championships in Athletics in individual events:

  1. an athlete's rank order of finish in a designated event at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
  2. athletes who have achieved the World Championships "A" or "B" standard

World Championships "A" or "B" Standard: The top Ranked Order Finishers who have achieved the "A" or "B" standard by the end of their event at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be nominated to the 2007 World Championships team provided they meet the IAAF entry requirements below.

Per IAAF rules:

  • Up to four (4) competitors per individual event may be entered into the World Championships if all four (4) have met the "A" qualifying standard. Only three (3) will be allowed to compete.
  • If one, two or three competitors have the "A" standard and one has the "B" standard, all may be entered, but a maximum of three will be allowed to compete.
  • Only two (2) competitors per individual event may be entered into the World Championships if only the "B" standard has been attained. Only one (1) will be allowed to compete.

Athletes in the top four (4) Rank Order of Finish who have only met the "B" qualifying standard will be allowed to chase the "A" standard until August 1, 2007.

If more than one "B" standard remain in the top four (4) after August 1, 2007, the next "A" qualifier will be added to the team, taking the place of the lowest-placed "B" standard athlete.

Relays

Up to 6 athletes may be entered in a relay; these six must include all athletes (up to the 4th reserve) eventually entered in the respective individual events (100m and 400m).

Reigning World Champions

In addition to the above, USATF may enter the Reigning World Champion regardless of whether he/she has achieved the corresponding entry standard.

Other Requirements

  • Citizenship - Athletes must be eligible to represent the U.S. in international competition and be a U.S. citizen prior to the 2007 World Championships. In addition, athletes must hold a valid U.S. Passport by August 1, 2007.
  • Minimum IAAF standards for participation - All athletes selected to the World Championship team will have to meet the IAAF qualifying standards.
  • Athletes must be USA Track & Field members in good standing at the time of the selection competition.
  • In order to qualify for the World Championships Team, athletes must compete at the 2007 AT&T USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, except for relay team participation.

Possible Selection Scenarios

Scenarios listed below are based on the top 8 finishers in any final.

Scenario I

Scenario I represents a situation where a "B athlete" finishes 4th. As prescribed by USATF's selection procedures, all 4 athletes would be nominated to the team.

Results Entered on 8-13
1. A 1. A
2. A 2. A
3. A 3. A
4. B 4. B
5. A
6. A
7. B
8. A

If one of the four selected drops out, the replacement athlete would be the next "A" standard athlete in rank order finish.

Scenario II

Scenario II represents a situation where two (2) "B" standard athletes are in the top 4.

Results Entered 8-13
1. A 1. A
2. B 2. B
3. A 3. A
4. B May chase "A" standard until August 1
5. A Moves up if 4th place doesn't meet "A"
6. A
7. A
8. A

If one of the four selected drops out, the replacement athlete would be the next "A" standard athlete in rank order finish.

Scenario III

Scenario III represents a situation where two (2) "A" standard athletes, one (1) " B" standard athlete, and a non-standard athlete are in the top 4.

Results Entered 8-13
1. A 1. A
2. B 2. B 
3. NS 3. Would have to get the "A" standard to be entered
4. A 4.  A (Will be entered and only if #3 gets "A" would become the alternate)
5. B
6. B
7. NS
8. NS

Scenario IV

In Scenario IV, the next placing "B" qualified athlete becomes the replacement athlete.

Results Entered 8-13
1. B 1. B
2. B 2. B "Replacement Athlete";  we only enter 2 here
3. NS
4. B
5. B
6. B
7. NS
8. NS

 

These procedures are established by the Men's and Women's Track & Field Chairs. The scenarios included are for illustration only and do not represent all possible scenarios. Athletes who have questions about the procedures should contact:

Stephanie Hightower, Women's Chair - 614-774-4736
John Chaplin, Men's Chair - 509-595-7355

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