Just after the finish in the 200: Tori Bowie, left, is the winner; Jenna Prandini, on the ground, is third; Allyson Felix, in blue, fourth; Deajah Stevens, right in green, second // Getty Images

Just after the finish in the 200: Tori Bowie, left, is the winner; Jenna Prandini, on the ground, is third; Allyson Felix, in blue, fourth; Deajah Stevens, right in green, second // Getty Images

Track and field

The ups and downs of ‘hardest team to make’

EUGENE — As Sunday’s final-day action at historic Hayward Field got underway, the crowd was told — this is the mantra of the 2016 Trials — that the U.S. Olympic track and field team is “the hardest team to make.”

It’s not. The swim team is way harder. But more on that in a moment.

Max Siegel, USATF chief executive, at Tuesday's news conference // Errol Anderson

Max Siegel, USATF chief executive, at Tuesday's news conference // Errol Anderson

Track and field

Change for better at USATF: believe it

EUGENE — Jackie Joyner-Kersee is arguably the greatest female American track and field athlete of all time. Competing across four editions of the Olympics in the long jump and the heptathlon, she won six medals, three gold.

Before Max Siegel took over as chief executive of USA Track & Field, Jackie Joyner-Kersee had never — repeat, never — been invited to USATF headquarters in Indianapolis.

Michael Phelps, right, and Ryan Lochte after the men's 200 IM victory ceremony // Getty Images

Michael Phelps, right, and Ryan Lochte after the men's 200 IM victory ceremony // Getty Images

Swimming

Once more into the pool: Phelps, Lochte

OMAHA — One more time, now, everyone: Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte in the 200-meter individual medley.

In the latest edition of what has been one of the great rivalries in sport, any sport, anytime, anywhere, Phelps and Lochte on Friday night went 1-2 in the 200 IM at the 2016 U.S. Swim Trials.