**Letsrun.com is a popular running website catering to distance events. It has a mixed bag reputation. The negative rap it sometimes gets is because of the negative vibes the boards many times take on. BUT their up to date news and their reporting are reasons to visit.
**Their editors ranked each event for 2016 and came up with slightly different takes in many events than did our Bible, Track and Field News. Their criteria and protocol for ranking makes more sense to me than the criteria Track and Field News employs.
**For example, Letsrun counts indoor track. T&FN does not. If there is a World Championship, a U.S. Championship and a very competitive NCAA season, why wouldn't you count it? All of our Olympians ran indoors. It's not like HS where a good percentage of athletes don't participate.
**Also Letsrun will not give a high ranking to an athlete based on one good race. Unless it is an "off the charts" crazy fast time (like Jager's 3:32 1500 two years ago).They base your ranking on your entire year's body of work. T&FN will rank you very high based on one race, if it's the right one. Olympic Trials, for instance.
**LR had Colby 4th US and T&FN had him #5. That's usually a "splitting hairs" thing that really isn't too debatable until you see that the difference was T&FN put Manzano 4th (ahead of Colby) while LR only had Manzano an Honorable Mention. Letsrun got it right. Manzano's 4th at the Trials was his only good race of the year.
**Manzano didn't put up any other good races all year before or after the Olympic Trials. Didn't run indoors. Didn't run a top 10 time. Didn't win any races (not even close). In fact in head to head races with the top ranked runners, Leo never won. It was, in fact, the worst season of his career. LR got it right ranking Colby 4th.
Just my 2 cents.
Last edited by Ram On; 01-11-17 at 07:00 PM..