2014 JWOC Team Petitions

Due to a change in the date of Team Trials, to a date earlier than had been originally advertised, the JWOC selection committee offered a petition process to accommodate unavoidable scheduling conflicts. The Selection Committee followed a specific process to evaluate the validity of each petition and make a final decision.

The selection committee received two petitions asking for exemption from attending the Junior Team Trials at the Black Diamond A-meet in Concord, California.


The first petition was denied for the reason that there was no directly conflicting event preventing the athlete from attending the meet. Due to the athlete’s personal situation the committee did offer the athlete the possibility of an exemption from the Friday middle race with the following options to make up for it.

For the Friday Middle distance Race:

  1. JWOC-Ranking-Middle: The junior-rankings.org score for the entire selection period, scaled as it will be for selection (i.e., top 3 candidates’ average score is 100).
  2. Flying Pig (FP)-Middle: The score on the 2014 Flying Pig Friday Middle Red race or Sunday Middle Red race, scaled to the Middle selection race using the mean of the top 3 scores in each race, considering only the runners who participated in both races. If there are fewer than 3 common runners, Middle score method would revert to Committee Evaluation.
  3. Committee Evaluation: The Selection Committee will use evidence based on racing and training during the Selection Period relevant to the Middle discipline, with a strong priority given to national and international Middle races, to place the petitioner into the ranked list of JWOC team candidates generated at the Selection Race Middle. A score will be assigned to the athlete based on this position. Emphasis will be on head-to-head performance with other juniors, or with persons who have gone head-to-head with the petitioner and with other JWOC team candidates.

The athlete declined the option for alternative means of evaluation for the Friday race. It is felt by the committee that due to the outcome of this petition there is no reason to disclose the name of the petitioner.


The second Petition was submitted by Matt Stout and has been accepted. Based on the petition and in the committee’s follow up with Matt, there is clear evidence that Matt made efforts to keep the original date for team trials free. When the team trials date was changed, Matt had already committed that weekend to compete for his school at a National Physics competition scheduled far in advance of the new team trials date. It was clear that this conflict could not be postponed, rescheduled, or changed.  

The Selection committee offered Matt the following options to choose from for an alternative evaluation for the three team trials races.

SPRINT score choices

  1. JWOC-Ranking-Sprint: The junior-rankings.org score for the entire selection period, scaled as it will be for selection (i.e., top 3 candidates’ average score is 100). For example, though it will change after the Flying Pig, Matt’s score on 1/21/2014 is 72.80; the top 3 have a mean score at this time of 100.06, so if all three remain candidates for JWOC Selection, and the score were calculated now, no further scaling would apply.
  2. FP-Sprint: The score on the Sunday Flying Pig Middle race, at which we presume Matt will run ISVM, scaled to the Sprint selection race using the mean of the top 3 scores in each race, considering only the runners who participated in both races. If there are fewer than 3 common runners, the sprint score method will revert to Committee Evaluation. Note: we have heard that there may be a sprint race on Saturday afternoon of the Flying Pig, and if this option becomes available, we would use this race instead.
  3. Committee Evaluation: The Selections Committee will use evidence based on racing and training during the Selection Period relevant to the Sprint discipline, with a strong priority given to national and international Sprint races, to place the petitioner into the ranked list of JWOC team candidates generated at the Selection Race Sprint. A score will be assigned to Matt based on this position. Emphasis will be on head-to-head performance with other juniors, or with persons who have gone head-to-head with the petitioner and with other JWOC team candidates. At this time, relevant races to consider are the JWOC 2013 Sprint, and the 2013 US Sprint Championships (Blue) from 5/10/2013. This allows direct comparison to only the following other juniors: Zac Barker, Ethan Childs, Will Hubsch and will require numerical extrapolation for comparison to other juniors.

MIDDLE score choices

  1. JWOC-Ranking-Middle: The junior-rankings.org score for the entire selection period, scaled as it will be for selection (i.e., top 3 candidates’ average score is 100).
  2. FP-Middle: The score on the 2014 Flying Pig (FP) Friday Middle Red race, scaled to the Middle selection race using the mean of the top 3 scores in each race, considering only the runners who participated in both races. If there are fewer than 3 common runners, the Middle score method would revert to Committee Evaluation.
  3. Committee Evaluation: The Selections Committee will use evidence based on racing and training during the Selection Period relevant to the Middle discipline, with a strong priority given to national and international Middle races, to place the petitioner into the ranked list of JWOC team candidates generated at the Selection Race Middle. A score will be assigned to Matt based on this position. Emphasis will be on head-to-head performance with other juniors, or with persons who have gone head-to-head with the petitioner and with other JWOC team candidates. At this time, relevant races to consider include:
    • the JWOC 2013 Middle
    • GNC Day 2 1/19/2014 (allows direct comparisons to Connor Frost, Zac Barker, Addison Bosley, Austin Fowler)
    • Pacheco Pass Middle 11/9/2013 (allows direct comparisons to Matej Sebo, Will Hubsch, Noah Van Gorder)
    • Boulder Dash US Champs Day 2 10/20/2013 (Blue) (allows direct comparisons to Ethan Childs, Zac Barker)
    • Boulder Dash US Champs Day 1 10/19/2013 (Blue) (allows direct comparisons to Ethan Childs, Zac Barker)
    • 2013 US Middle Champs 5/11/2013 (Blue) (allows direct comparisons to Ethan Childs, Zac Barker, Chase Thatcher)
    • Middle races from Flying Pig 2014

LONG score choices

  1. JWOC-Ranking-Long: The junior-rankings.org score for the entire selection period, scaled as it will be for selection (i.e., top 3 candidates’ average score is 100).
  2. Committee Evaluation: The Selections Committee will use evidence based on racing and training during the Selection Period relevant to the Long discipline, with a strong priority given to national and international Long races, to place the petitioner into the ranked list of JWOC team candidates generated at the Selection Race Long. A score will be assigned to Matt based on this position. Emphasis will be on head-to-head performance with other juniors, or with persons who have gone head-to-head with the petitioner and with other JWOC team candidates. At this time, relevant races to consider include:
    • The JWOC 2013 Long (allows direct comparisons to Ethan Childs, Will Hubsch, Zac Barker)
    • Pacheco Pass Ultralong Champs 11/10/2013 (allows direct comparisons to Matej Sebo, Will Hubsch, Noah Van Gorder)
    • 2013 US Long Champs 5/12/2013 (allows direct comparisons to Connor Frost, Michael Laraia, Dan O’Leary, Chase Thatcher, John Stabler)
    • Long race from Flying Pig 2014

Matt chose the following option for his evaluation.

SPRINT Score: FP-Sprint. The score on the Sunday Flying Pig Middle race, at which we presume Matt will run ISVM, scaled to the Sprint selection race using the mean of the top 3 scores in each race, considering only the runners who participated in both races. If there are fewer than 3 common runners, the sprint score method will revert to Committee Evaluation. Note: we have heard that there may be a sprint race on Saturday afternoon of the Flying Pig, and if this option becomes available, we would use this race instead.
Note: It was discovered that there will be an actual Sprint race at the Flying Pig. In this case the M21 sprint race will be used rather than ISVM Sunday middle distance race.

MIDDLE score: FP-Middle. The score on the 2014 Flying Pig (FP) Friday Middle Red race, scaled to the Middle selection race using the mean of the top 3 scores in each race, considering only the runners who participated in both races. If there are fewer than 3 common runners, middle score method would revert to Committee Evaluation.

LONG score: Committee Evaluation. The Selections Committee will use evidence based on racing and training during the Selection Period relevant to the Long discipline, with a strong priority given to national and international Long races, to place the petitioner into the ranked list of JWOC team candidates generated at the Selection Race Long, and a score will be assigned to Matt based on this position. Emphasis will be on head-to-head performance with other juniors, or with persons who have gone head-to-head with the petitioner and with other JWOC team candidates. At this time, relevant races to consider include:

  • The JWOC 2013 Long (allows direct comparisons to Ethan Childs, Will Hubsch, Zac Barker)
  • Pacheco Pass Ultralong Champs 11/10/2013 (allows direct comparisons to Matej Sebo, Will Hubsch, Noah Van Gorder)
  • 2013 US Long Champs 5/12/2013 (allows direct comparisons to Connor Frost, Michael Laraia, Dan O’Leary, Chase Thatcher, John Stabler)
  • Long race from Flying Pig 2014

Any questions about this process can be submitted to the national coach, Erin Schirm, erinschirm [at] gmail.com, who will forward the questions to the rest of the Selection Committee. The selection period will end with the Flying Pig Races on April 4, 5, and 6th. The 2014 U.S. JWOC team will be announced shortly afterwards.

Sincerely,
The Selection Committee