XC Qualifying System Still Makes NO Sense

The NCAA took the logical step of making meets in September actually count, but the way any regular-season meet counts toward qualifying for the NCAA Division I cross country championship continues to be very dumb.

Quick reminder: The way that Division I cross country handles at-large qualifyication for championship is ridiculous. The first teams out at regional meets are selected based on regular-season wins over teams that have already qualified (here is an explainer I wrote on the "Kolas points" system two years ago). But a win only counts as a win if the team that lost ran at least four of what will end up being its top seven runners at regionals--i.e., the winning team only gets a point if the team it beat ran its "A team."

​Fake example: ​

Albion beats Gettysburg at the Messiah Invite in October, where Gettysburg ran exactly three of its eventual top seven; Gettysburg wins its region in November; if Gettysburg ran one more of its top seven at Messiah, Albion would have had one more point.​

​Real example​:

No. 4 Arkansas held out projected No. 1 runner Jack Bruce, No. 3 Andrew Ronoh, and No. 5 Austen Dalquist today at the Battle in Beantown (they're fine, and may have done a workout post-race). Unranked Dartmouth and Providence beat the Razorbacks as a result, and may end up with an extremely generous Kolas point in November now. Projected No. 2 Frankline Tonui and No. 4 Alex George lined up and George won. So if two more Arkansas men who started today make the regional lineup, then today's Arkansas team counts as an "A team." Arkansas will almost certainly automatically qualify out of its region; if today was an A team, and Arkansas automatically qualifies, then Dartmouth and Providence will get a point.

The Division I qualifying system is silly and bad. Don't blame Arkansas, Providence, or Dartmouth.

Samuel Tefera Upsets Yomif Kejelcha, Breaks 1500m WR

Ethiopian Samuel Tefera broke the world record in the 1500m on Saturday, running 3:31.04 in Birmingham, England to better Hicham El Guerrouj’s mark of 3:31.18 from 1997. 

Hassan, Wanders To Race Monaco 5K On Sunday

Monaco is typically known as the home for one of the world’s top Diamond League meets. But this Sunday, a few of the biggest names in the world will take to the roads on the French Riviera in a 5K. The men’s field is highlighted by Julien Wanders, who just broke the European record in the half marathon, while Sifan Hassan is the top entrant for the women.

FloTrack Predicts Top-12 NCAA DMRs For This Weekend

This weekend for most mid-distance squads is called ‘DMR weekend’, where majority of the top DMR schools compete for an NCAA qualifier (Top-12 National Mark).

Weekend Watch Guide: Fast Miles & DMR At UW, Austin Marathon LIVE Sunday

With NCAA conference championships next weekend and many of the top pros coming off of the Millrose Games last Saturday, this upcoming Friday through Sunday will be a little quieter for the top track and field athletes. But there's still plenty of entertaining races coming your way on FloTrack this weekend, from fast mid-distance action in Seattle to our race coverage of the 2019 Austin Marathon and more.

House Of Run: What's Kejelcha's Next Move?

Jason and Kevin discuss Yomif Kejelcha’s almost world record, Ajee Wilson and Donavan Brazier’s American records, the scary scene involving Kemoy Campbell and all the other news from this year’s Millrose Games.

These 58 Returning All-Americans Haven't Qualified For NCAAs Yet

With just two weeks left to qualify for the 2019 Division I NCAA Indoor Championships, there are a lot of big names who have yet to make the top 16 in one of their marquee events. Below is a list of 161 athletes who have the talent or experience to become an All-American this year, but currently do not hold a top-16 mark. Among these athletes, a staggering 58 of them were All-Americans in 2018 (indoors/outdoors).

NCAA 800m Champ Sammy Watson Is Going Pro

2018 NCAA outdoor 800m champion Sammy Watson of Texas A&M, who won nationals as just a freshman last spring, has turned professional, according to the Rochester (NY) Democrat and Chronicle.

A Crazy Second Lap And Other Takeaways From Kejelcha's 3:48.46 Mile


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Despite falling short of his goal of breaking Hicham El Guerrouj’s 3:48.45 by an excruciating 0.01 seconds, Yomif Kejelcha’s mile on Saturday completely lived up to the pre-race hype. Not only did he run the fastest time indoors in 22 years, but his inconsistent splits underscored a performance that could have been faster with smoother pacing. And at just 21-years-old, Kejelcha’s near-miss at the Armory felt much more like a triumph than a failure.

Fantastic Update: Kemoy Campbell Is 'Awake And Talking'

Update: Kemoy Campbell posted an update on his Instragram, which included a video of him walking for the first time since arriving at the hospital on Saturday night:

FloSports Partners With KXAN To Air 2019 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon

Today, FloSports, the innovator in live digital sports and original content, and KXAN, the NBC affiliate station in Austin, announced a partnership to globally broadcast and provide live and on-demand coverage of the 2019 Ascension Seton Austin Marathon on FloTrack.com, while KXAN will broadcast to the local Austin Market.