2 mile record is not the same as the 3200 record!
If you want to start splitting hairs, you called it the "deuce." That is the nickname for the 2-mile. If we are really getting that technical, there is nothing "deuce" about the 3200m, because it's approximately 18m short of two miles.
Additionally, you can't dismiss Nelson's record simply because the clowns in the CIF created an entirely new distance. Maybe next year they will decide to start running the 3100m, and someone else will have the national record! Is that how it works?
The simple fact of the matter is that the 3200m is a poor-man's short-course "deuce" on the track. Even if you take Nelson's average pace AND account for the fact that it was hand-timed, his performance is still superior.
I'm sorry, but you can't take the record away from Nelson simply because there wasn't anyone timing him 18m before the finish line! Don't get me wrong, though. I think that Fernandez is amazing, and I would love to see him run 8:29 at NON. However, this evening he ran the second-fastest eight-lap race in HS history, and that's a fact.[/quote]