I can confirm that the 53rd in EV was due to a "construction violation" that was appealed but rejected.
The ruling was disgusting, relying not on proof but the word of the ES, and was based on an incredibly unclear section of the rules that had gone uncalled all year.
The run was also one of their best all year, and would have resulted in New Trier placing 6th or 7th overall.
The arbitration committee completely missed the ball and the ruling shows a failure in the national arbitration system.
What even was the violation? As chalker said there probably was a reason behind the decision.
The device's dowel was not within 1.0 cm of the track's surface for the entire duration of each run. This was observed on the first run and the team was notified so they could adjust their device before the second run. For both runs, the dowel was in an allowable position before the run but measured as too high above the track after the run.
How does that happen? Was it touching the axle or something?
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