Getting your name on Saturday’s start list proved no small feat today, as NCAA champions Karisa Nelson of Samford and Danae Rivers of Penn State were sent packing in the 1500 and 800 meters, respectively.

As an event, the women’s 800 is about to change, massively. The question is, how? For one thing, expect the winning times to be slower. Niyonsaba and, especially, Semenya were capable of producing times that no woman with XX chromosomes could reach.

Prior to joining the women’s team this season, Telfer was a mediocre DII athlete who never came close to making it to nationals in the men’s category.