I agree, record is soft. Back when the tracks were in yards, you would see more 400 specialists step up to the plate indoors at 600 yards and hammer it. How many 400 guys are running the 600 meters indoors these days?
As far as the boo-birds on Sowinsky; I understand it's hard today to get excited about new guys you've never heard of before without a suspicious eye but you should try to enjoy the sport more without being naive. He's a good guy that has worked hard and is still making normal progression post college because of his dedication and hard work.