well, when i first saw the 8:34, i thought, "damn, i was way off on this kid," but i'll actually hold off on that retraction FOR NOW.
let me explain myself, before i get jumped upon:
1) webb ran a 3:53 mile (strongest HS running record)
2) ritz was a 2-time footlocker champ over guys like sage, webb, and hall
3) nelson doesn't belong on this list. my bad. 8:36 2mi is the weakest record of a commonly-run distance (100m-2mi).
4) ryun ran 3:55 and beat snell in high school.
now, the fact that the 8:34 3200 was 2 hours after a 4:00 1600 indicates that he may be capable of a significantly faster 2-mile than the record. if he runs a 8:30 or faster, that'll be in the neighborhood of the strength of Webb's mile record. until then, though, it's "just" the best high school distance double ever- quite an accomplishment, but it's not a real record, and it's not a championship. it's kind of like running the best workout of all time; it impresses people, but it's not really a laurel you can wear.
that said, if he does run an 8:30 2mi, then i'll eat my words and admit he's up there with the best. until then, he's at least worth considering.
A more typical and less refreshing post.
This is not merely the second part of a great double. It is a great new national high school record. Nelson's 2-mile time was outstanding, fully deserving of its legendary status, but it was not in high school competition. Nelson didn't even win the race (he was third), so he had the real physiological advantage of pacers throughout the race. Webb's 3:53 at Pre was even more of an aided performance.