more typical than jumping on the nuts of the latest elite HS runner? huh. if i recall, people were ready with the same predictions for acosta last year. it's the crowning of each year's best runner as the "best ever" that's typical....
there's no award for the best 1600-3200m double.
it's not a national championship.
it beat an obscure record (3200m, not 2mi)
let him get an LEGIT national record or national title before you start crowning him the next webb, ritz or ryun. if there was proof that some hs kid ran a 4:55 2k in practice, would you call him the best hs runner of all time? no! you'd wait for him to get the 1mi/2mi national record or win a national championship! sure, that's a bit more extreme, but it's the same idea.[/quote]
Let's look at your asinine points one at a time:
1.) "people were ready with the same predictions for acosta last year"
Nobody was making the same predictions for Acosta LAST YEAR. He was already a college freshman. Do you really follow this sport? True, SOME people (mostly over-eager teenagers) were making outlandish predictions for him TWO YEARS AGO, when he was a senior in HS, but the common wisdom among adult fans of the sport was that he would become a very good college runner (which he has). Acosta ran the same 16/32 double his senior year at CIF. He won the 1600 in a competitive race with help from Coe, in about 4:05 and came back for second in the 3200 in about 8:59 - a very good HS double, but for you to conflate AJ's times with someone who basically TIME TRIALS a 4:00.xx and 8:34.xx shows that you are either being disingenuous or you have absolutely no understanding of the difference between running alone and running with help, and are completely clueless about how much better German's times were. Do you really not understand how much faster 4:00/8:34 is than 4:05/8:59? So to try to compare those two is just retarded.
2.) "there's no award for the best 1600-3200m double"
No, but there is an award for the CIF 1600 champion and for the CIF 3200 champion. He has both of them. And they do keep a list of the fastest 1600 and 3200 times ever run by California HS runners. He's at the top of both of them. And the fact that he accomplished all of this within the span of a few hours is justifiably impressive to all of us who know how difficult this double is. You are apparently not part of that group.
3.) "it's not a national championship."
You're right about this. How astute of you to have figured out that the California HS championship is not the same as a national championship. California isn't a nation. It's a state. You knew this. I underestimated you.
Does that mean that any great time run in anything other than a national championship is somehow not legitimate?
If so, then Webb's 3:53 isn't legit, nor is Ryan's 3:55, so you are arguing against yourself.
4.) "it beat an obscure record (3200m, not 2mi)"
How is the 3200 record "obscure"? I know they run the 3,000 in Oregon, but virtually everywhere else, HS runners have been running the 3200 all season long for decades. The record for the 500 meters, or the high school steeplechase might qualify as "obscure," but not the 3200. You list Ritz as one of the greats we're not allowed to compare German to -- you apparently didn't know that it was Ritz's 8 year-old record that German just smashed.
In your mind, is the fact that German ran 7 seconds faster than Ritz ever ran in HS somehow less legit because German did it as part of a double? Because for most of us, it's more legit.
We all know that he hasn't run faster than the converted 2 mile record yet, but if you somehow don't get that an 8:34 3200 in:
A High School only race,
After running a 4 minute 1600
isn't as impressive as an 8:36 two mile,
you, sir, are a moron.